Is this the first year your loved one has been in senior housing or assisted living? If so, you might be unsure about how to manage to spend this Christmas with them. Sometimes, your friend or relative relocates to an assisted living community since they merely want a little more assistance and no longer wish to cope with property ownership. That suggests they will probably be able to continue traveling and attending events normally. In this case, arranging for Christmas is as easy as planning for them to come over to your home for celebrations with the family.
However, people frequently enter assisted living because of severe mobility and cognition issues. Consequently, it could be more challenging to invite them to your party. In this scenario, family members would need to make special plans to spend a quality Christmas with their loved ones. The process might seem tedious, but it is often well worth it.
Plan To Visit Them On Christmas Day
Your loved one would be overjoyed to see you on Christmas Day if you could sneak away for a little while. A few family members might join them for lunch or snacks in the senior living facility. Bring Christmas sweets, deck the halls, and extend the invitation to everyone in the house.
The next best thing is a video chat with the family if you can’t visit them.
Join The Christmas Activities Organized By The Senior Living Community
A few days before Christmas, most assisted care facilities will throw a special holiday supper and invite family members to join. Additionally, they frequently provide holiday crafts and activities. Inspire your loved one to participate.
Take Them Somewhere Special For A Christmas Date
Make plans to see your friend or relative on Christmas Eve if you can’t host them at your house for the holiday (or whichever date near Christmas works for both of you). Drive them to see the holiday light displays, take them to a unique Christmas performance, or take them out for lunch or supper alone. You’ll both feel the spirit of Christmas after doing this.
Start Or Maintain A Christmas Tradition
Does your father have a favorite holiday film that he always watches? Make a special date to watch it with him at his house by locating the DVD or downloading it to your laptop.
Create a new tradition if you can’t think of anything that currently exists as one! It may be a movie, cookie decorating, card-writing, or a get-together with a few other assisted care home residents to sing Christmas carols.
Involve The Kids
Most seniors adore kids and delight in seeing their joyful smiles, especially when dressed adorably for Christmas. By taking your kids to the retirement community to distribute candy canes or other unique items, you can make your loved one and the other residents smile.