How to Help Seniors Feel Extra Special this Holiday SeasonDecember 11, 2017 | Heritage Place
As you well know, the seniors in our lives are extremely special. Making your senior feel cared about, appreciated, and loved is important year-round, but especially during the holidays when seniors may start to get a case of the winter blues.
This holiday season, how can you make your senior loved one feel extra special? Read on for tips from your senior care experts here at Heritage Place Senior Living. And remember: these tips can be used year-round, so be sure to refer back to this blog next time you're in the mood to put a smile on your senior's face!
Call, or Better Yet, FaceTime!
If you live in another state than your senior loved one, you may not be able to visit in person more than a few times a year. However, that doesn't mean you can't stay in close contact! Call your senior loved one whenever you have a free moment and remind them of how much you love and miss them.
Many senior living communities have technology centers where seniors can use iPads or computers. Ask your senior's assisted living home if they can set up a FaceTime or Skype call. This way, even if your senior loved one can't give you an in-person hug, they'll be able to see you while you chat!
Schedule a Visit or Join an Activity
Next time you talk to your senior loved one, put a date on the calendar for when you'll be visiting them next. This will give them something to look forward to and will make them feel very cared about. If your senior lives in a senior living community like Heritage Place, you can make arrangements with the senior care team to join in on a senior living activity or to enjoy a nice meal in the community dining room.
Send a Gift
Don't forget about the power of snail mail to bring a smile to your senior loved one's face! Prepare a small personalized gift and send it in the mail along with a card. Below we're listing a few ideas for thoughtful gifts!
- Picture Frame: Frame a picture of you, or even better, of you and your loved one. They can keep this in their room, reminding them of how much you care even when you can't be by their side.
- Memory Box: Alzheimers.net offers great tips for how to make a memory box for seniors. Some ideas of things to include in the memory box include favorite fabrics, postcards, vacation souvenirs, music, letters, and photos. This will trigger happy memories, reminding them of all their favorite things.
- Handmade Items: Make a handmade card or, if you're crafty, knit them a scarf or hat. Anything with a personal touch will warm your senior's heart and make them feel extra cared about.
We hope that you found these tips to be helpful! On behalf of everyone here at Heritage Place Senior Living, we want to wish you and yours Happy Holidays! Should you have any questions or want to schedule a time to visit, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. Thanks for reading the Heritage Place blog!
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