‘Tis the Season in Assisted Living

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 21st, 2015 in Education, Holidays | No Comments

Family Celebrating ChristmasThe holidays are the best time to have some good food and spend quality time with the people you love. If you have a family member or friend in assisted living, it may be a challenge to get him or her into the swing of the season. Here are some ideas for activities you and your family can do with your loved one to include them in the cheer and spirit of the season this winter at their assisted living home.

Sing Holiday Songs

According to ALZ.org, singing can bring people together. Surprisingly and beautifully enough, many Alzheimer’s patients can remember every word to a song. This is a good way for them to connect with their family and reminisce on the past.

Bring a Fun Treat to Share

Food brings people together. If you help your loved one bake up a sweet treat (or bake it yourself for them to share at their assisted living home) he or she will be involved in a social activity that can lift their spirits and their neighbor’s spirits. It will also help you, as the caregiver, to interact with the residents of your loved one’s home.

Read a Holiday Story Together

Any time that you spend with your loved one in assisted living is a gift to them. Books help people connect, so if your family member or friend enjoys reading and talking about books, why not read one together? Take turns reading one or two chapters aloud at each visit. Your loved one gets your undivided attention and conversation that varies from the everyday topics, which is a wonderful gift any time of the year.

Decorate Your Loved One’s Door/Room for the Holidays

Many people relish the excitement of seeing the first holiday decorations go up on doorways, landscapes and rooftops — why not share that joy with someone you love in assisted living? Spend some time decorating his or her front door or windows. Put a small, pre-lighted tree in their room, or bring a beloved decoration from home. Sometimes they need a little reminder of the joy of the holidays, and having special decorations can help. Be sure to check with community management to see what type of holiday decorations are allowed.

Watch a Holiday Classic

Everyone loves movies. There are many options when it comes to movies with a holiday theme, so choose a classic that you and your loved one can watch together this season. Try “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “White Christmas,” “A Christmas Story” or “Miracle on 34th Street.”

The holidays can be fun and full of activities in assisted living. Learn more about our communities in the Atlanta area today!