Although the yuletide season is generally thought of as a time that is joyous, full of spending time with those who are nearest and dearest, for older individuals, it can be anything but merry and bright. A combination of lost loved ones, memories of past holidays, health problems and more can impact seniors with lonesomeness and sorrow.
At Live Well at Home, we care deeply about making sure older adults feel included in the fun and to enjoy the holidays to the fullest. These ideas can help everyone experience the joy and wonder of holidays with a senior loved one:
- Put together a cookbook with recipes from all family members. Compile all the recipes, and then make copies of your new “family cookbook.”
- Go for a drive to enjoy holiday lights in an old community that your senior family member has memories of.
- If your senior loved one has trouble moving around to put out holiday decorations, offer your assistance! This is a wonderful way to share memories of past holidays and what different decorations may mean. Live Well at Home can also provide help with holiday decorating.
- For a holiday that is really relaxing, arrange for time together at a local beauty shop or spa. You can even arrange for a local beautician or masseuse to come to the home if it’s possible.
Safety considerations may also come into play for your older loved one, for a variety of reasons: elevated fall risks with all of the extra holiday decorations, struggles with sticking to a recommended dietary plan, and for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, disruption to routine, additional visitors to the home, and higher noise levels can all cause distress.
Bear the following in mind to ensure your senior loved ones continue to be safe and content:
- Keep decoration safety in mind. Make certain there are clear walking pathways, and try to utilize simple, non-cluttered decorations.
- Poor lighting can mask things that seniors could trip over, such as extension cords.
- Consider setting aside a quiet area for the older adult if the excitement of kids, loud music and activities becomes overpowering.
- Assign someone to be the older adult’s “buddy” for the event, ensuring his or her needs are fully met and developing a bond that is wonderful for both.
The holiday season can certainly be fun and relaxing for all. With just a little advance planning and additional thought, older adults will enjoy the holidays as much as everyone else, creating new memories that the whole family will enjoy for a lifetime.
And, if in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle you could use the help of a professional caregiver, the home care Lincoln CA providers at Live Well at Home are here to help! Give us a call at 916-459-3220 to learn more about how we can brighten the holidays for you and yours. See our full home care service area here.