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How to Help Your Senior Loved One Feel Included During the Holidays

By Tom Lee, 4:08 pm on

It’s the holiday season, a time where families are feeling cheerful and looking forward to many get-togethers and quality time spent with another! Although in some cases, for seniors in senior care, the holidays can cause feelings of isolation while the rest of the family is preparing for celebrations.

But you can help your senior loved feel included for this season and many to come!

Take our tips below to help your senior feel the love and joy of the holidays.

Remember the Past Traditions

Sometimes it’s just nice to reminisce and remember the good ol’ days. Doing this with your senior this holiday season is a great idea!

Get together items like family celebration photos, home videos, or any special holiday keepsakes from years past and take time to go through them with your senior and family. Reminiscing is a powerful tool that can help lift any feelings of loneliness off your senior’s shoulders.

Create New Holiday Traditions

For your senior in senior care, consider creating new holiday traditions that work well for their lifestyle! Here are a couple of examples.

Go to them. If your senior lives in an assisted living facility or has trouble leaving their home, plan a family get-together that brings the holidays and family to them. These small gatherings can work wonders for your senior’s mood during the season.

Plan easy activities. If your senior has difficulty completing any strenuous or physical holiday activities, it’s time to start planning some easier traditions, like holiday baking or crafting!

Virtual Holiday Inclusivity

For those in senior care who live further away from the family, you can still find many creative ways to make them feel included in the family celebrations.

At the family parties, consider setting up a live stream or video booth that allows family members to chat with your senior throughout the party, and your senior will get to virtually look in on and take place in the festivities! Another great idea is to have a post-event party, where you can recreate the event’s atmosphere with your senior by showing videos and photos from the event. Invite other family members to this occasion, too!

Would you like more information on senior care services? Home Care Assistance is here for you. Please give us a call today to schedule your consultation. Happy Holidays!

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