They say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but if your loved one recently moved into an assisted living facility, they may be feeling like they’re missing out. Today, Choice Health Management is here with some tips on how you can help your loved ones celebrate the holidays no matter where they’re living:
Hopefully, your loved one saved their Christmas decorations when they moved! These often have strong memories tied to them, and can help your loved one feel like they’re in a familiar place. Set aside a date when you can come over and help them set these sentimental objects up. If they have trouble getting around, your assistance (and company) will be especially appreciated!
Try to keep as many traditions as possible. Some may not be feasible in their new living arrangements. For example, if they usually hosted large gatherings, they may not have the space to do so any longer. However, if you decorated cookies together every year or went on annual shopping excursions, you should try to keep these up. You may need to make some accommodations if they have mobility issues, but these can be easily solved with items such as walkers, rollators or mobility scooters.
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or Dementia, they can be easily confused. Decorating their room with new items could cause them to become agitated. If, however, you do have some objects from their past, it can actually help them with their short-term memory. Just realize that sometimes, nothing you do can be quite right. In those situations, go easy on yourself and your loved one. Their condition is difficult on both of you!
Remember to take an evening to yourself every now and then. It can be tempting to go overboard during the holiday season, but you don’t want to burn yourself out. In the meanwhile, we’re here to make sure that your relative is able to enjoy the holiday season in comfort!