Celebrating the Holidays with Seniors in Assisted Living
The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends. But with a loved one in assisted living, it can also mean starting some new traditions. Here are a few ways you can keep the holidays fun and festive for your family.
Include your loved one in holiday planning
Your memories of the holidays might include your mother preparing dinner or your father decorating the house. Although they can no longer do these types of activities, it’s still important to include them in holiday planning and preparation. This can include small things like having them help wrap presents, make food, or simply asking them for advice. Including them and valuing their opinion can help your loved ones feel more secure and independent.
Celebrate at home or in the community
Ask your loved one where they would like to celebrate this holiday season. Would they like to travel to a family member’s house, or would they prefer family visit them at their community? Consider your loved ones physical and cognitive limitations when making travel arrangements.
Decorate their apartment or room
Have your family come over and decorate your loved one’s room. This will create a more at-home feeling, while making a memory in the process. Decorations can also illicit memories from childhood, which may be beneficial for seniors with dementia.
Get into the holiday spirit
Participate in holiday activities at your loved one’s assisted living community or plan your own. Play your favorite holiday songs and sing along with them. This can evoke strong memories of happiness and really make your loved one’s day.
Show them love and support
The holidays are a time for joy, fun and family. The most important part of making your loved one’s holiday bright is to spend time with them and show them love.
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