Is your loved one celebrating the holiday season for the first time in their new senior living home? You might be wondering if their holidays will be merry and bright in their new community, or how your family traditions may change in the next few weeks. We’re here to help you know what to expect from senior living communities in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle.
Don’t worry - senior living communities are full of traditions, twinkle lights, and holiday spirit!
Senior living communities do their best to doll up their shared community spaces to shine for the holiday season. Chances are, you’ll find more than one Christmas tree and festive garland. You’ll also find menorahs and other traditional decorations for communities that serve a diverse population.
You can get involved and make your loved one’s apartment or room festive! Just be sure to double-check for any regulations that are in place to enhance fire safety. But as long as you are obeying any community guidelines, you can feel free to bring in a small tree for your loved one’s home as well as any favorite decorations. If you prefer, you can bring in big bowls of ornaments and holiday photos for family members to look at when they come for their next visit.
There’s so much to do in senior living communities during the holiday season! Check out the community’s calendar to see which events your loved one might enjoy. You’ll find caroling parties, craft workshops, and cookie decorating classes in addition to regular non-holiday programming that enhances wellness and socialization.
You can get involved with any event or activity at your loved one’s community, but you’ll also want to be sure to attend any special family event offered this month. Family events often include a great meal, festive entertainment, and sometimes even a visit from Mr. Claus himself. Just be sure to RSVP as needed so that the staff can prepare for you!
Your loved one will be able to participate in many loved traditions at their senior living community. Staff members work hard all month long to make sure no tradition is overlooked, though they will always happily take suggestions from residents or family members to add to the calendar.
Consider volunteering to help out with traditional activities at your loved one’s community. Staff members are always happy to have an extra set of hands to help with icing cookies, stringing lights, or wrapping gifts.
Speaking of gifts, you might be wondering how to show the community staff that you and your loved one appreciate them. Double-check with the Administrator, as most communities have policies that do not allow staff members to accept gifts or tips from residents.
Instead of individual tips, see if you can schedule a time to bring in lunch for the staff on your loved one’s unit or see if you can bring in gift cards for the Administrator to add to the community’s staff appreciation raffle.
Senior living communities are extra fun this time of year, which can make it the perfect time to take a tour. If you’re ready to begin looking for a senior living community for your loved one, let us help. Our team is here to ensure you find the right community for your needs, budget, and preferences.
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