Your elderly loved one may be enjoying their independence in a senior living home, but the holidays can be a tough time to spend away from family. Nearly 70% of Americans will need care past the age of 65, and may find themselves in an assisted living facility during the holidays. If your loved one cannot leave their assisted living home, you can bring the holiday magic to them! Here are three ways to spread a little holiday cheer.
- Bring them their favorite home-cooked meals
The holidays are synonymous with great food and desserts. Sometimes, nursing homes have their own menu and cooks to take care of all the meals for the residents. Your loved one may miss the old family recipes that have become a holiday tradition in your home.
Bring a special meal to them if they cannot make it home for the holidays. Bake cookies or perhaps make your famous casserole. Whatever reminds them of the comforts of home in the form of a warm dish will surely bring a smile to their face. Before you bring a meal, always check with the assisted living facilities to see if it’s alright to bring outside food or drinks in.
- Organize an arts and crafts session
How fun would it be to enjoy making holiday crafts with your loved one? There are so many holiday projects you could do with not only them, but with all the members of the senior housing community! Make snow globes, gingerbread houses or little ornaments to decorate with.
All assisted living communities offer different services, so if your eldercare facility does not offer an arts and crafts program, you can bring the fun to all of the residents! It’ll be a great opportunity to give back to the assisted living facility that does so much for your loved one.
- Gather the family and share fond holiday memories
If your local assisted living facility allows visitors, consider bringing your immediate family to visit your loved one for the holidays. This time of year is all about family and togetherness; simply enjoying each other’s company is an invaluable gift. Although support is available 24/7, residents have their independence and would love to gather up the family to share stories of holidays past.
The holidays can be a busy time, but don’t forget to spread the holiday cheer to your loved one in an assisted living facility. Have any other ways to bring some holiday magic to your local nursing homes? Leave a comment below!