Here are some holiday ideas for seniors that can help you and your family & friends enjoy the holidays. Accredited Care can help you create happy holidays for seniors in your family, no despite challenges you may face.
Holiday Ideas for Seniors – Socializing
If you have a spouse or parent that you are providing 24 hour family care for by yourself, socializing during the holiday season can be very overwhelming. Accredited Care offers 24 hour home care that can help you enjoy the holidays too.
- If Full Time Care is Needed – You may want to utilize in home care to give yourself or family members a break from having to care for your loved one continuously. Our in home care offers a variety of services including hourly care, 24 hour home care, and bath or tuck-in services.
Hiring professional caregiving will allow you and your family to take some time for yourselves. You’ll know that your loved one is being well cared for by a professionally trained caregiver. Knowing they’re cared for will help you relax and enjoy socializing too.
- Getting Your Senior Loved One Out – It is important that seniors remain socially active as long as possible. The holidays are one of the best times to get them out for brief outings.
- Find local activities that are free
- Take them to the mall (where seating is readily available for resting)
- Go for rides to view the holiday decorations
- Enjoy Community & Church Events – The holiday is a wonderful time to enjoy community and church events focused around the season. Seniors may not be able to get to functions on their own regularly; making the extra effort by family members to get them there even more special.
Holiday Gatherings with Dementia Patients
Adjust your social functions and gatherings according to the needs and abilities of your loved one.
- Timing – You may want to change the time that typical holiday gatherings occur; especially if you are dealing with someone who has sundowning syndrome. Move events to earlier in the day in order to reduce the risk of a meltdown.
- Be Open – If you haven’t fully disclosed the condition of the loved one who was diagnosed with dementia, it is important that you tell friends & family what to expect. Privacy is important but ensuring that your loved one is safe and understood is also important.
- Reduce the Crowd – Perhaps you’ve been the house that lights up with festivities throughout your life; but now your spouse or parent has dementia. Crowds can cause panic, confusion and upset for your loved one. It is more important to reduce the crowd to a few, keep the gathering more intimate, and focus on enjoying a simpler event.
- Hire Help for the Season – While it may be tempting to ask friends and family to help you “watch out for your loved one” the fact of the matter is that it not only is a lot of responsibility but it could end up backfiring as festivities begin. Hiring a caregiver can be the best way to keep a set of eyes on your loved one and let you and your family rest a bit while celebrating.
It can also be an excellent way to give everyone some time away from the home to do some shopping or general festivities. Having a caregiver come in will give you peace of mind and help them be less stressed out. We suggest hiring your caregiver a little earlier in order to let your loved one meet them.
- Lower Expectations – It’s important to understand that things are different. It’s okay to make changes so that there is less stress, less confusion, and more down time as you deal with the stresses involved with having someone you love affected by dementia.
Holiday Ideas for Seniors – Gift Giving
It’s always nice to give a gift to those you love and these ideas can be a simple way to create a smile on the face of your parent(s), grandparent(s), or .
- No-Slip Safety Socks – You can purchase special skid resistant socks or even make them yourself with puffy fabric paint on the bottoms. This online video shows you step by step how to turn socks into professional looking non-skid socks.
- Pay a Bill – You may be able to help a senior loved one by paying money towards a regular bill during the holidays. A receipt with money towards their electric, cable, etc. is always a sensible and helpful gift.
- Gift Cards – While you have to be aware that gift cards can get lost sometimes, it’s always helpful to get a gift card for groceries, haircuts & styling, or gas for your car. Realistic gift cards are often more appreciated by seniors because they’re for items they use and need regularly.
Let Us Help You Enjoy the Holidays Together
We’d like to take this time to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. We hope that these holiday ideas for seniors can help you make your season just a little brighter as you celebrate.
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