If you have a loved one who lives in an assisted living or memory care community, you may be trying to figure out how to coordinate your holiday celebration to include the entire family. But it’s easier than you think to bring holiday joy to your loved ones. These five tips from Copper Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care community will help you plan the perfect celebration for your loved one.
A lot of our favorite holiday traditions involve food. Whether it’s Aunt Nancy’s green bean casserole or Cousin Sandy’s famous holiday cookies, one taste of a traditional family recipe can turn any get-together into a holiday party. Check with your loved one’s community to see if it is possible to bring them some holiday food or treats. The special family recipes or even your loved one’s store-bought holiday favorites will let them know you’re thinking of them. Be sure that any food you bring meets your loved one’s dietary restrictions, and try to modify any recipes to meet their needs.
Your loved one may not be able to leave their community on their own to do their holiday shopping. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to participate in the gift-giving! Offering to do some holiday shopping for your loved one can make them feel like they’re fully participating in the holiday. Ask if you can help them purchase gifts for their friends and family, and then bring the gifts to their community to help them wrap them up. They’ll love being able to experience the best part of the holiday season—the joy of giving.
The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. Your loved one will love seeing everyone together, especially if there are any new babies they haven’t met or growing children they haven’t seen since they sprouted up in height. Before you plan a big family visit, remember to do the following:
Let your loved one’s friends and family know that you’re collecting gifts and holiday cards to give to them. Your loved one will enjoy seeing the cards displayed in their room and opening holiday gifts. Give everyone ideas for appropriate gifts, such as comfortable clothing, a cozy robe, favorite treats, photo albums, or recordings of favorite movies and music. Advise everyone specifically against certain gifts that would be inappropriate or dangerous for your loved one.
Your loved one has probably made new friends in their community, and they’d love for them to be a part of your holiday celebration. Ask if you can share your family recipes, watch a holiday movie, or sing holiday songs with other residents and staff. Including your loved one’s new friends will make them feel at home and will spread the holiday joy.
While the holidays may not be exactly the same as they used to be, there are plenty of ways to involve your loved one who lives in a retirement community. Use these tips to ensure that everyone has a happy holiday season.
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