It’s holiday time and, unfortunately, easy to neglect our elderly relatives since at this time of year we tend to focus on the younger generation. Relatives confined to a nursing home or an assisted living facility needs your attention during the holiday festivities. Here are a few tips to show them how much they’re appreciated and that they’re an important part of the family:
1. Schedule a time to get together that works for them – the holidays can be strenuous for some seniors when they are forced to abide by schedules that are outside of their routine. Plan a visit at a time that works with their specific needs, a time that does not interfere with naps and medication administration.
2. Do something to make them feel special and pampered – if visiting a woman, bring nail polish and paint their nails, or bring polish to shine your male relative’s shoes.
3. Spend quality time together – take the loved one out for a walk, visit with their friends and the ones most important to them, and remind them how happy you are to be together
4. Talk and listen – during a visit, make sure that you talk to them openly and make them feel like an important part of your life. Also make sure that you really listen to what they have to say as well. Remember, older generations have a lot of life experiences and can share great advice!
CalaCare wishes everyone a Happy Holiday! Be safe.
For a free in home care assessment, please call CalaCare at 1-888-774-CALA (2252).