4 Tips for Celebrating the Holidays with Seniors in Assisted Living

The holiday season is often referred to as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but for many seniors and older adults, it feels like the opposite. Feelings of loneliness and isolation can worsen as the days get shorter and the nights get longer. While assisted living communities can help reduce feelings of isolation, there is no replacement for quality time with family and friends. What are some ways you can celebrate the holidays with your senior loved ones in assisted living?  

Create New Traditions: Festive Decorations to celebrate all holidays!                                          

It is never too late to carry on family traditions, but as family members age and move into assisted living homes it often becomes necessary to pass the generational torch to the younger generations and create new family traditions! This could become one of your favorite family gatherings that revolves around the senior in their assisted living home while surrounding them with family and loved ones. One suggestion is to have a pre-holiday party that involves the whole family discussing  new holiday decorating ideas for the senior. Do some brainstorming among siblings, pull out family decorations to take to the senior’s apartment and make sure to include any children in the preparations who will add excitement to the new tradition.  Make sure to give them free rein to unharness their imaginations and creativity in a way that only children can do!   Even if your loved one is living in a relatively small space, there are still fun ways that you can decorate it as a group. String up some lights, play music, make decorations, create a display of holiday cards, read stories out loud, share a memory of holidays past.  Remember to make sure that you confirm that the assisted living facility has no restrictions on certain decorations ahead of time.

This could soon become a fun cherished holiday tradition while at the same time teaching all generations in the family that as you age, you are still loved and valued as an important part of the family tree and its history.

Have a Family Movie Night

Another thing that some seniors miss when they move into an assisted living facility is being able to easily join in on events like family movie nights. Grab some of your loved one’s favorite movies, popcorn, and some fun homemade treats, and spend the evening watching movies together. A family movie night is also a great way to include some other people in the assisted living facility that might not have a family to visit as well.

Look for Community Activities

Many assisted living communities have some community-wide activities where seniors can invite their family and friends. Pay attention to the calendar at your loved one’s home, confirm that family members are welcome, and make sure that your loved one is interested in you coming. Attending one is a great way to show that you care and that you want to continue to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Overcome Miles of Separation

Finally, we realize that some people live too far away to realistically visit their loved ones in assisted living facilities. There are still fun ways to keep in touch. Schedule video chats together to chat or when you are doing things at the same time. For example, you could both set up a camera and video chat while you bake cookies or decorate your trees.

Put the ‘Happy’ in Happy Holidays with Senior Care Lifestyles

Senior Care Lifestyles specializes in connecting seniors with the right in-home care, assisted living, or senior living community to meet their needs. We have helped hundreds of clients and treat each senior as a valued member of our own family deserving our personalized attention, compassion, and respect.

For help or questions please call us at 410-977-3718 or send a message through our website www.seniorcarelifestyles.com.

Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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