Making Holidays Special for Seniors is Worth the Effort


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From Gary Freeman of the Home Instead Senior Care® office in Red Oak, TX.  Proudly serving SE Dallas, Ellis and E Johnson Counties since 2010

​Q.    My dad has had such a rough year with a lot of health problems. All of our family will be back for the upcoming holidays, and he is so excited. I want him to feel a part of things, in spite of his increasing frailty. Do you have any suggestions? I could also use some help with his care as I prepare for the festivities, many of which will be at my home. Dad lives just down the street but I care for him every day.

Holidays are a wonderful time to encourage the entire family to rally around an aging adult. Please consider the following suggested ways that you can help your father feel a part of the festivities:

  1. Check in with your older adults before dinner and ask them to select a favorite recipe that you could serve. If there's a story behind the recipe, ask your senior to share it at dinner.
  1. Make sure your older adult has rides to and from the family dinner. Also, be sure to make any special food, seating or bathroom accommodations that might be needed.
  1. If your senior is up to it, ask him or her to arrive early. Perhaps your older adult can still peel potatoes or frost the cake. If nothing else, suggest he or she sit and chat while you're cooking, or give advice from the sidelines.
  1. Seat your senior guests in a place where they are most likely to participate in the conversation. Ask your senior to say grace.
  1. Set aside time for your older loved one to share a story from his or her life or tell about something interesting that has happened recently.
  1. Ask any children in the group to bring something special for your senior such as a handmade card or a school project to show.

It also sounds as though you could use a hand yourself. Contact your local Home Instead Senior Care® office at 972-576-1100 to learn more about its respite services that can allow you the time to make the holidays truly memorable for you and your entire family.

For more information about your local Home Instead Senior Care office, contact Gary Freeman at 972-576-1100 or go to HomeInstead.com. To learn more mealtime activities, visit SundayDinnerPledge.com ​

Each Home Instead Senior Care® franchise office is independently owned and operated.

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