The holidays are upon us with a wide variety of festive occasions to brighten the season. December is also a wonderful time to enjoy the company of friends and family. For elderly parents or relatives in your life, the holidays can be especially meaningful as an opportunity to interact with different generations of family and friends and catch up on the latest news and happenings.
To help ensure that everyone enjoys this holiday season, here are a few tips to keep your elderly guests engaged and involved.
- Set aside some tasks they can help with during a holiday gathering. Ask them to bring a plate of baked goods or help to set the table. They will feel useful and happy to contribute to the holiday tradition.
- Allow time for reminiscing. Many of our fondest memories from childhood are recollections from holidays past. Allow your elderly family to be nostalgic and share stories about the holidays of their youth.
- Add something new to your celebrations. Go shopping for new seasonal decorations, take in a holiday themed movie or play, or enjoy the sounds of festivities while dining together at a local restaurant.
- If weather permits, spend time outdoors, but modify the activity, if necessary. Many outdoor events can be adjusted to be more low-key. Instead of a winter walk, take a drive to view holiday lights around the neighborhood. Be on the lookout for signs of fatigue and proactively suggest breaks or a midday rest.
Keep in mind that time spent together will bring joy and create new special memories that will last long after the season ends.
Whether you need support services to remain independent, nursing or rehabilitation after an illness or injury, or comfort as you face your journey’s end, count on the agencies of Home Health Foundation to bring our full continuum of care to your door. Regardless of the season, we’re committed to care – in the comfort of home.
All of us at Home Health Foundation extend warm holiday wishes to you and those you hold dear.