How to help seniors feel less lonely during the holiday season
The holiday season is supposed to be merry and bright, but many elders feel increasingly isolated and unhappy this time of year. Here are 3 things you can do to help brighten a loved one’s holiday season.
1. Remind them how important they are as a part of your life, sometimes they may feel useless or burdensome if they cannot contribute to or fully participate in festivities like they used to. Encourage them to do what they are capable of, that way they can feel included.
2. Help them add festive touches to their home or room in the long-term care facility. Ensure that these items do not present a safety hazard and try to decorate in stages to prolong the fun and give them something to look forward to.
3. Most of all, making them feel loved and included this season is simply spending time with them. Look at family photos, watch home videos or holiday movies, listen to seasonal music, or do crafts together.