Help Your Senior Loved One Enjoy Holiday Outings

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Learn how to best plan for a holiday outing with a senior.

The holidays are brimming with parties, celebrations, and get-togethers. Nonetheless, for an older loved one, holiday outings warrant a little supplemental planning and preparation. Follow these pointers from the Sacramento CA dementia care experts at Live Well at Home to be able to ensure fun and relaxed outings with loved ones of all ages this holiday season.

In advance of leaving the home, consider:

  • The amount of walking required, and if there will be parking near the area
  • Whether the destination is flat or has hills or steps to climb
  • If there will be wheelchair accessibility (if appropriate)
  • Whether there is cover and shade
  • Whether you can find bathroom facilities
  • Whether there are seats available just in case the senior wants to rest

Be sure to plan for a wide array of possible changes in plans:

  • Have all the medicines needed and take an extra supply, in the event the outing lasts longer or takes an unplanned turn
  • Have suitable clothing as well as sun and rain protection
  • Bring something to eat and drink with you, in case there is a delay

Want some holiday outing suggestions that older adults may enjoy? Try the following:

  • Take an unhurried family drive to look at the town holiday lights
  • If it is manageable and received warmly, invite the older person to your home to decorate
  • Assist your elderly loved one at a holiday party for senior citizens at a local senior center
  • Attend local and community plays; in addition to the local theater or ballet, there are affordable plays and shows given by local schools

Whatever activities you participate in this holiday season, take things slow and create an environment that is relaxed to make sure your loved one is comfortable and happy. Live Well at Home can help by boosting your loved one’s independence while providing high quality in-home care during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year! Contact our dedicated Sacramento CA dementia care and senior care team at 916-459-3220 to discover more.