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10 Ways to Help Seniors have a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season

10 Ways to Help Seniors have a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us, and it’s the time of the year where friends and families come together to celebrate. But, for many seniors, the holidays can be isolating and lonely. Bring joy to your loved one’s life this year with the help of home care during this busy holiday season.

Provide companionship:

The holidays can be lonely, especially as people get older and see their social circle dwindling. It’s a busy time of the year, and visiting your loved one as often can be difficult. In between visits from friends and family, caregivers can provide the precious socialization that they need. 

Remind them you care:

Show your loved ones that you are thinking of them even when you are away by making sure their needs are met. In-home care can make sure they are receiving compassionate care, even when you can’t be there.

Get in the holiday spirit:

Caregivers can help your loved one carry on traditions and get into the holiday spirit by decorating their home or room. 

Be Inclusive:

Recognize that seniors still want to feel like they can contribute to the holidays. Help them stay involved by inviting them to bring their favorite dish or bring the festivities to them. With the help of home care, seniors can whip up a dish or entertain guests if they are up for it.

Give them a listening ear:

Help your loved one stay engaged by giving them someone to talk to and reflect and share stories of past holidays. Caregivers not only provide care but can provide emotional support as well.

Maintain Routines:

With holiday events and visitors, it’s easier for seniors to disrupt their routines. Caregivers can make sure your loved one adheres to their regular schedule, stays on top of their medications, maintains their nutrition, and attends scheduled appointments to keep healthy during the holidays.

Plan Ahead:

For busy families planning ahead can be difficult. But, when including an elderly loved one with health issues in holiday festivities, it’s essential to make sure you have made all the necessary arrangements. Caregivers can help lighten the load and help ensure nothing is forgotten.

Give them something to look forward to:

Help keep your loved one spirits high by giving them something to look forward to. Celebrate the holidays with a short shopping outing or family gathering. Caregivers can help your loved one get ready for special occasions by assisting with personal grooming to get them looking and feeling their best when they go out.

Provide Respite:

Ensure your loved one is receiving the best care possible by providing relief for their primary caregiver.

Be Mindful:

Seniors can feel overwhelmed during the holidays especially if their health is declining. It’s important to be mindful of how much your loved one can handle and adjust your plans accordingly.

Make this holiday season a joyful one with the help of Assisted. To learn more about the services we offer and our team of compassionated healthcare professionals visit www.AssistedCares.com or call 800-949-6555.

 

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