The holiday season is most often a very joyous one. Especially when you have numerous family members and friends to celebrate the season with, the holidays can truly be a magical time. Then again, it’s not all that magical for all of us. Many of our elderly loved ones must cope with mobility issues on a daily basis – and the holiday season provides no exceptions.
So what can we do to help the seniors in our lives enjoy the holidays despite their disabilities?
Don’t leave them out of holiday activities and get-togethers.
It all starts with an invite. Be sure to let your elderly loved ones know that they are welcome at all of the festivities you have planned for the holiday season. They may not be able to partake in all of the activities, but your letting them know you’d like them there will certainly go a long way in helping them to feel the holiday spirit. To take it one step further, DailyCaring.com encourages you to plan activities that seniors will enjoy.
“To help your older adult feel included, plan activities they already enjoy,” the site suggests, “For example, if mom still loves to bake, organize a group cookie-making session. Or, if dad loves watching football, have everyone watch a game together. Another idea is to have fun with music…You could have a family sing-a-long to your senior’s favourite tunes, ask the kids to sing traditional holiday songs, have a little dance party, or simply play the old albums they love.”
Take trips down memory lane.
Especially for seniors who are experiencing issues with memory loss, taking a look at old photo albums can make for enjoyable experiences. This can be particularly fun if you have videos and pictures from past holiday seasons. Helping your elderly loved ones to relive festive moments from the past can really help to boost their spirits during this time of year.
“Older adults and seniors love to share happy, humorous, and light-hearted memories,” says Qualicare.com, “It can also be a wonderful way for them to interact with the ‘younger crowd’ at a family event since many young people love to hear ‘what it was like when they were my age’.”
Make it easier for them to get around.
Readers of the Advantage Home Health Solutions Blog are well aware of our company’s commitment to helping both seniors and those with mobility issues restore their independence. We’d argue that one of the best things you can do for a loved one with a disability, this holiday season, is to equip him/her with a top-of-the-line mobility solution.
Which solution would best meet the needs of the elderly loved one in your life? We proudly offer a wide range of mobility solutions including power wheelchairs, walkers, rollators and scooters. Let’s work together on helping the seniors in your family enjoy the holidays despite their disabilities!
For more information about the mobility solutions offered by Advantage Home Health Solutions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!