Think of the most ideal holiday season you can envision. While that image may vary a little for each of us, it could include gifts, good food, lights, and traditions handed down through the generations. Yet what most certainly holds true for all of us is the enjoyment in spending time with the people we love.
Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us all to reconsider the very best way to safely experience the holidays with our elderly loved ones while preventing social isolation for them. With a bit of creativity and ingenuity, however, it is feasible to bridge the gap and also make new memories with the seniors you love, even if you cannot be together with them in person this season.
Our aging care professionals have put together several ideas to allow you to get started:
- Modify traditions. Consider the traditions that mean the most to you and your family, and how you are able to change them to help keep everyone safe. For example, if everyone usually gets together every year to bake cookies, try using Zoom or a comparable platform to stay connected while making cookies from home. Decide on a favorite recipe, have everyone sign in at a specified time, and bake away while talking and listening to some holiday music.
- Don’t do away with decorations. Seniors who live alone frequently look forward to having loved ones, particularly grandchildren, visit to assist with holiday decorating. Without in-person visits, seniors may not be motivated to bother with decorations. Again, using a software app like Zoom, coordinate a time for the whole family to get together online and share the stories behind treasured decorations.
- Enjoy the wonderful outdoors. If weather allows, plan short visits with older adults outside, safely socially distant along with face coverings. String lights on bushes in the yard and decorate the front porch.
- Send smiles. Letters, cards, pictures, telephone calls, small gifts, etc. will all mean a great deal to senior loved ones who are missing time with family and friends. Coordinate with members of the family to take turns reaching out as much as possible in ways similar to this so your older loved ones are inundated with expressions of love.
- Share your feelings. There’s nothing quite as heartwarming as hearing from someone you love about the impact you have made on his/her life. Take this time to express your appreciation to the older adults you love for the difference they have made in your life, and be specific: “Dad, your patience with me when I was an adolescent taught me what unconditional love looks like, and thanks to you, I am a far more patient person with my own kids.”
Atlanta Home Care Partners, providing home care solutions in Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas, are trained and experienced in enhancing quality of life for senior loved ones at home, and follow strict safety protocols for every person’s protection. Contact us at 404-228-0103 to discover the way we can help make this holiday season the very best it can be for a senior you love with our trusted in-home care services.