These Holidays Are Unlike Any Other – Especially for Aging Loved Ones
Even under normal circumstances, it’s not unusual for seniors to experience feelings of loss, loneliness, and isolation during the holidays. But this year, because of COVID-19, many are also coping with community lockdowns, travel limitations, and visitor restrictions.
As challenging as the circumstances might be, there are still ways you can help your senior enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season – even from a distance.
What Can You Do?
Consider hiring a professional caregiver – someone who can regularly provide personal, one-on-one care, and companionship. Our Care Advocates are considered essential workers, so they’re thoroughly screened and typically allowed in homes and communities – even when family members aren’t. We know from experience that even just a few hours a week can make a big difference in the lives of those we serve.
If your senior can operate a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, invite them to participate in virtual family dinners, game nights, and other activities. If that’s not possible, be sure to reach out regularly via telephone – and ask friends and family members to do the same.
Send handwritten letters, cards, and notes. This will lift your senior’s spirits and give them something to hold on to – especially if you can’t be together.
Encourage your senior to decorate for the holidays – a few festive decorations can brighten their home and their spirits.
Remind them to stay active – a short walk in brisk air can refresh the body and soul.
Of course, we know nothing replaces a holiday hug but, now more than ever, it’s important to celebrate safely. Before making plans for in-person gatherings, please consider the level of risk and take appropriate precautions – including limiting the number of visitors, wearing masks, and maintaining a safe distance.
If you’re interested in learning more about our in-home services or caregiving opportunities – during the holidays and beyond – see our home care services, or call 402-359-1996.