When a senior loved one lives alone, the holiday season can be difficult for him or her. But with the help of caregivers in Dallas, families can make the holiday season special for seniors in so many ways. Start new traditions in your loved one’s home and include them in as many of the festive activities as possible. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Decorate the Home
Whether the extent of holiday decorations entails trimming a small tree or creating a more elaborate display, decorating can lift your loved one’s spirits. Seniors may be delighted at the chance to spend time with loved ones and watch younger generations of family members make a fuss over tinsel and holly. Depending on whether or not your loved one receives in-home dementia care in Dallas, you might keep the excitement to a minimum to avoid any confusion.
Many families enjoy creating holiday candies and cookies to share with friends and family during the Christmas season. Set aside one or more evenings or weekend days to create some delicious treats with your elderly loved one. He or she will enjoy the mental and emotional stimulation that comes with enjoying a structured holiday activity with a beloved family member.
Preparing the Feast
Families traditionally congregate in kitchens during the holidays in preparation of the Christmas meal. If your elderly parent or grandparent is willing to host the dinner, do the cooking in his or her home. Encourage seniors to assist in the process or just let them sit back, relax and enjoy the company of others while socializing. This can be a great time to chat and reminisce together.
If your parent or grandparent is physically able, take him or her Christmas shopping or simply plan an outing to check out all of the decorations displayed throughout the neighborhood. Seniors might also enjoy caroling through the neighborhood or volunteering at homeless shelters provided they are well enough.
Make a Scrapbook
Gather family photographs and create a scrapbook with your elderly loved one. The time you spend together working on the project provides the chance to reminisce about family traditions of past and present. While working on the craft, you may learn interesting family anecdotes while your loved one brushes up on current events. This project can be continued on an annual basis as part of a holiday tradition.
Seniors can benefit from the closeness of family this time of year, not only because it offers stability and emotional support, but because it also keeps them cognitively engaged. To supplement the mental and emotional stimulation you already provide for your senior loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide diligent as-needed home care Dallas families can trust, whether your loved one needs safety monitoring or could use some help around the house. Call us today at (214) 363-3400 to learn more about our services and schedule a free consultation.