The holiday season is here and, if you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about celebrating the holidays with your senior loved one Perhaps your loved one who resides in one of our assisted living communities.
While most assisted living communities (like ours) offer an abundance of holiday enrichment activities and programs to keep their residents engaged, you can still pull off a fun holiday surprise to ensure smiles remain on their faces throughout the remainder of the season, and beyond!
Here are a few ways to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones when they reside in an assisted living community:
KNOW WHAT YOU CAN HANDLE FOR THEM
If your elderly loved one doesn’t have dementia or Alzheimer’s, and you can handle their transportation and physical needs, consider taking them home to celebrate the holidays. But before you do that, talk to your parent and their caregivers to find out how they feel about the decision. The bottom line is to ensure you meet all their needs during the celebrations.
CELEBRATING WITH LOVED ONES IN MEMORY CARE
You can also celebrate with your loved one in a senior care facility, especially when they have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. You don’t have to take them out of their memory care or senior living community. Instead, you can visit your loved ones, bring holiday decorations, go through old photos, and listen to or sing their favorite music.
FESTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILY
One of the best ways to celebrate with your elderly loved one is by organizing fun holiday activities to keep them happy and entertained. Some activities to consider:
- Arranging holiday decorations together in their rooms
- Helping them buy gifts for family and friends
- Organizing family visits and unboxing gifts together
- Video chatting with family members living far away
- Singing along with them or listening to their best holiday songs
- Accompanying them to holiday events
- Watching holiday-themed movies together
VISITING SENIORS IN ASSISTED LIVING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
One of the best ways of celebrating the holidays with seniors in assisted living facilities is by visiting them. There is nothing more enjoyable than sharing your space with people that you love. Give them a call and find out when they’re available to see you, then head over and share your holiday cheer with them! Even a short visit can go a long way to elevate their spirits!
Nightingale Healthcare is a privately held, family-owned healthcare management company located in Bellingham, Washington. Founded in 2014, it has been our mission to serve the communities in which we are located with superior skilled nursing and assisted living services. Our patient-centered approach to care incorporates individualized care plans alongside an unmatched level of compassion, patience, and love.
We proudly operate assisted and independent living communities throughout Washington and Oregon. If you are interested in learning more about our communities and services or in becoming a caregiver with us, please visit our website or contact Nightingale Healthcare directly at 360-656-6609.