Space can be tight in an assisted living community, making it difficult to keep lots of trinkets and items from home around. When your loved one moves into an assisted living setting it is important to help that loved one keep trinkets, items and souvenirs around that remind them of their family, life and fondest memories. So what can you do to help? A memory box is the perfect way to keep family heirlooms with and memories within a small space.
A memory box is a great way to keep your loved one connected to the past. If you work on it with your loved one this can be a great bonding opportunity, not to mention all that you will learn about your loved one form the items they pick and the stories they tell. You will get the opportunity to learn more about stories that have had the most impact on your loved one’s life, and you might even spark some memories of your own.
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Build and Personalize The Memory Box
What do you need to make a memory box? Besides the memories of your loved one, you will need a small box. Shoe boxes are the perfect size, and you probably already have one laying around the house. If you are looking for a fancier wooden box, your local craft store is a great place to look. That local craft store will also have endless aisles of materials to further customize and personalize the box. Use sequence, ribbon, newspaper clippings, paint and other eye-catching flair to make the box a conversation starter for the staff and visitors in your loved ones space. Take this as an opportunity to help your loved one showcase their personality.
Fill The Memory Box
Now that you’ve helped to create the eye-catching exterior of your loved one’s memory box, it is time to fill it! Every person will have their own important memories, so let your loved one tell you what they want to fill their memory box with. However, if their are certain memories that you feel are starting to fade, make sure you get something to represent that memory in the box. No memory box should be identical to any other, but some great items we’ve seen people use are:
- Ribbons and cards from old gifts
- Old letters from loved ones
- Awards they have received
- A sentimental item of clothing
- Old jewelry
- A CD or playlist of your loved one’s favorite music
This can also be the perfect opportunity to include the rest of your family in this creation. Have grandchildren create pictures or drawings, write letters, take photos or record audio or video for them. This is also a great opportunity for you to write about all of the wonderful things you have experienced with your loved one such as favorite vacations, pieces of advice, stories and more. Your loved one will cherish the kind and thoughtful words more than they can express.
A memory box is a great way for your loved one to feel close to their family and friends while in assisted living. It allows for them to hold onto their dearest moments and have you in their home even if you aren’t physically around. The stories that go inside the box and that are shared while creating the box will be a way for you to hold onto their legacy for years to come.
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