Merry Christmas – Happy Chanukah – Happy Kwanza

Plan a Happy and Safe Holiday for your Senior Citizen.

It is a wonderful time to share with the senior citizens in your life. Keep in mind a few simple tips to ensure that your holidays go smoothly for you and your loved ones.

Seniors enjoy receiving gifts from family and friends. When gift giving, consider interactive activities like games, or crafts. Like people of any age, seniors enjoy spending time with others playing games or involved in activities. Items that inspire memories like music from their era, musical DVD’s or photo gifts like mugs, frames or easy to wear clothing make wonderful presents. Holiday treats like cookies and other sweets bring a lot of joy but do be mindful of any food restrictions that they may have. Remember, the greatest gift you can give your senior is your time so include them in the holiday festivities.

If you plan on visiting your senior at their home be sure to schedule that visit when they are most energetic which is before the late afternoon or evening. If you take them to a restaurant or bring them home for festivities, try not to overtire or over stimulate them. Keep noise levels moderate.

Ensure they can be safely transported and have a comfortable place to sit at your event. Plan a rest period and resting place during the day if necessary.  Ensure there are food choices that are delicious, healthy and fit into any food restrictions or physical abilities they may have. Bring any medication, supplies or supplements that they are required to use during the time period of their visit.

End your visit on a high note. Be aware when your elder is ready to go and have a plan to return them home even if the event is not over. Likewise, be cognizant of when they may be ready for you to leave them.

A little bit of preplanning for your senior this holiday season will ensure a great time is had by all.

Happy Holidays to you and your family from all of us at Green Hill.

 

Toni Lynn Davis Executive Director/President

MHA, CNHA, FACHCA