5 Heartwarming Ways to Approach the Holidays with a Loved One in Assisted Living Dec. 13, 2016

Celebrating the holidays with a relative in assisted living doesn't have to be a challenge. With the right approach, you can help your loved one feel more cherished and included. Here are a few heartfelt ways you can you can do just that this holiday season.

Visit often

Visit your relative often and invite others to join you. Plan your visits around a holiday-themed activity to spread festive cheer and keep the conversation flowing. Remember that visits don't have to be lengthy. Short but regular visits can help your loved one feel connected and reduce the strain on you both.

Help decorate their apartment

Dress up your relative's apartment with decorations that hold special meaning and talk about each decoration as you take it out of storage. If he or she is unable to help decorate due to physical limitations, ask them which decorations to put up and where. As with any changes, be sure to consult with facility staff to make sure decorations are permitted.

Involve Your Loved One

Involve your relative in holiday preparations to help him or her feel useful and included. Encourage your loved one to help with simple and familiar holiday activities, such as making holiday cards, wrapping gifts and preparing food, as his or her abilities allow. Even if your relative cannot attend family gatherings, make sure they are aware of them. Hiding information from your family member could make them feel more excluded.

Celebrate in the most familiar setting

Discuss holiday celebrations with your loved one and facility staff in advance. If you plan to bring your relative to your home for the holidays, make sure your home safe and accessible, and arrange for equipment, such as wheelchairs and walking aids, to be provided. If you plan to celebrate in your loved one's assisted living facility, focus on the traditions your loved one values most. Your family member might find it meaningful to prepare holiday dishes, reminisce over old photos or open presents together.

Attend hosted events

Ask about the events being planned at your relative's assisted living facility, and encourage your loved one to take part. Join them whenever you can, and invite other relatives to do the same. Consider using technology to connect your loved one with those who can't be there in person.

Planning the holidays with a relative in assisted living requires careful thought and planning. By following these tips, you can make the holidays easier and more enjoyable for you both.

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