Celebrating Christmas with Seniors may now be so different, though it doesn’t have to be lonely or isolating.
Christmas is upon us, but with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging all over the globe, many things are simply not the same. That includes how we celebrate for Christmas.
However, that doesn’t mean you have to be sad or that your senior family members must be alone or isolated at this time. If anything, you can still continue spreading cheer and love. One thing you have to keep in mind throughout this season is that your elderly loved ones may be immuno-compromised, or that they may be very vulnerable to diseases, much more COVID-19. This said, their health and safety must remain top priority.
Here are some ideas to help you celebrate Christmas with seniors in your family, whether they are with you or away.
Making Christmas More Meaningful for Seniors
- Prepare to adjust. Consider your yearly traditions and look back on what works. Think about how you can modify some aspects of it in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re Christmas with seniors in your home must be strictly followed, avoid having guests over and settle with virtual parties or meetings. If your seniors are the ones who are away, forego visiting them and make full use of the technology we have today to keep being in touch with them this season.
- Keep it festive. Just because you have to celebrate apart from other members of your family or from your friends doesn’t mean you don’t have to put up your Christmas tree. In fact, that could help you set the tone for a warmer Christmas spirit. Keep decorating your home and set them up as your backdrop in your next virtual get-togethers.
- Keep it outdoors. If you really can’t help it, plan a get-together with a small, intimate crowd in an open space, preferable outdoors. Go out on a picnic or eat al fresco. Remember to safely socially distance and keep your face coverings on.
- Send love. If you can’t spend Christmas with seniors in your family due to the pandemic, you may send them your love. It can be in the form of their favorite food, thoughtful gifts, cards, or messages. Give them a phone call or even a video call. Reach out to them so they feel special this season and even every single day.
- Get them in a home. To stop them from feeling isolated this holiday season, you may have them spend it with us at Blessed Home. We offer many different activities to ensure that they are engaged and occupied. Better yet, this is a great opportunity for them to meet and socialize in a safe, nurturing environment so you also have peace of mind. Best of all, you may visit them anytime. Talk to us to learn more.