The holidays can be a joyous time for families to get together and celebrate. However, for some, the holiday season may bring on feelings of isolation and loneliness. The focus on family, friends, and togetherness during this time of year can bring melancholy feelings to the forefront for many elders. It’s important to be supportive of your loved ones, but in ways that keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
Here are some ways to support older family members during the holidays
Keep Them Involved
The holidays are full of celebrations and family meals. Include your older loved one in the planning, from choosing the courses to picking out linens or asking them to help you cook if they are able. Include them in the spirit of the season!
Continue or Revive Old Family Traditions
Holiday traditions are a great way to honor the past in a joyful way. Think of things you remember doing with your loved one while you were growing up or their own childhood traditions. You’ll want to ask them before doing them, but the odds are high that your loved one will be excited to relive those happy moments!
Help them add festive touches to their home or room in the long-term care facility.
Going along with traditions, decorating their space with memorable decorations can help bring the holiday spirit back. Many seniors enjoy reflecting on past holidays as they unpack cherished decorations.
Regardless of what holiday you and your family are celebrating, Helping Hearts at Home will help in any way we can to bring the holiday joy!
For more on home care or a little assistance at home when you need it most, visit the compassionate team at Helping Hearts at Home today.
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