The holidays can be especially lonely for someone in assisted living. The community can go a long way to help mitigate that feeling by decorating the common areas and planning holiday gatherings. But, who doesn’t want to have a little extra special attention at this time of the year – especially from their family members.
And most family members would prefer to include their older family member in the festivities. But, sometimes, because of health issues (like dementia or mobility issues), it is not possible to bring them into the family home. So, the family might need to find a way to bring some of the holiday festivities to them.
The following are some ways that we think you can help bring the holidays to your older adult in assisted living. These would also be great ideas if you were interested in ‘adopting’ a senior who might not otherwise have family nearby.
We hope that this short list inspires you to think of some new holiday traditions that you can plan for your family so that it includes someone in assisted living. It’s all about spending time together and allowing everyone to feel connected and included.
And now that some of the COVID restrictions are being lifted, the holidays are a perfect time to come together as a family.