Festive Holiday Activity Ideas from a Pittsburgh Personal Care Home
Ideas to Enjoy the Holidays with your Loved One
When it comes to getting in the holiday spirit, there is no shortage of activity ideas. This is a wonderful thing because it means there is something for everyone to enjoy. Luckily, many of these activities are also extremely inexpensive, requiring minimal to no supplies. Here are a few foolproof festive holiday activity ideas from The Haven at North Hills, a top personal care and memory care community in Pittsburgh, PA:
Grab some pencils, pens, paint, paper, ribbon, and whatever else you may need to get creative and make crafts with your loved one. There are so many fun holiday craft ideas out there, such as snow globes, paper snowflakes, seasonal wreaths, and even gingerbread houses. Just take a peek on the Internet to get some inspiration! Be sure to use appropriate supplies and assist your loved one with the trickier tasks, such as cutting, when needed.
Muffins, cookies, and pies, oh my! There’s nothing quite like baking your own treats to get into the holiday spirit. Help your loved one make their favorite treat of all time, or try to make something new. For more fun, invite friends and family over and have a dessert tasting party to show off the hard work and love put into the treats. Consider making peppermint bark, cinnamon rolls, pecan pie, snickerdoodles, or of course, classic sugar cookies decorated with festive colors.
Spend some time sprucing up your loved ones’ space with some holiday decorations to make it feel like a winter wonderland. You could help them decorate their door or the whole space. To keep it inexpensive, you can create some DIY decorations together. Plus, your loved one will be so proud to show off their beautiful creations!
Elf on the Shelf
If you don’t already, you should consider getting an Elf on the Shelf for your loved one. If you’re not sure what it is, it is a toy elf that you move around at night, surprising your loved one in the morning. If your loved one enjoys little surprises, you can pose the elf each morning for them to find. The elf could be reading the newspaper on the couch or enjoying a cup of coffee in the kitchen. This is a great way to give your loved one something to look forward to and something to talk about!
Virtual Holiday Party
It can be difficult to travel or get together to see all of our friends and families during the holiday because of work, distance and other life obligations. Luckily, this wonderful thing called the internet lets us celebrate the holiday season from the comfort of our own homes. Host a virtual holiday party with friends and family for your loved one to catch up and get in the holiday spirit.
Go Down Memory Lane
It’s always nice to reminisce and take a trip down memory lane. To spend some quality time with your loved ones, ask them questions about their past, and you might learn some really cool things! You could even consider doing this in an interview format, recording the conversation as a keepsake and pass along to the family.
There are so many fun and exciting ways to get in the holiday spirit this year and every year. These are just a few of The Haven’s favorites. Be sure to invite family and friends to join in on the fun–the more, the merrier!
While our physical health is strengthened by a healthy diet and regular exercise, it's important to take care of our mental health, too! We prioritize our residents' mental wellbeing by encouraging a variety of mindfulness practices. One of these practices, meditation, is a powerful strategy that can lower stress levels and even alleviate physical pain.
We want each of our residents to always feel safe, supported, and happy, and that starts with cultivating social and emotional wellbeing. If you're interested in creating a mindful meditation routine for yourself or your loved one this winter, take a look at these meditation tips from our sister community in Fountain Valley, California: ow.ly/m0sc50QFoVq
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