How to Safely Celebrate the Holidays With an Aging Loved One
Can you believe that the holidays are almost here? In such a year of uncertainty, great loss, and challenges, the holiday season can be a reminder to love, support, and show compassion to others. The health and safety of all is of the utmost importance, including those who are elderly, have underlying conditions, and are suffering from an illness. While you may not be able to gather as you have done in years past, the holiday spirit can still be embraced and shared in unique ways. Whether you’re getting ready for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or another celebration, learn some helpful tips on how to safely navigate the holiday season with an aging loved one with Comfort Keepers.
Host a Virtual Celebration
2020 has been a big year for virtual celebrations including birthdays, engagements, holidays, and more! Avoid getting your aging loved one sick by hosting a virtual holiday event. Video calling allows for multiple people to participate, uniting family and friends both near and far. Although you may not be able to enjoy the physical company of those who mean the most, you can still uphold your holiday traditions, whether that be sharing a special meal, opening gifts, playing games, watching a movie; the list goes on.
Make a Meal Together
There’s no doubt that delicious food brings people together. As previously mentioned, a meal can be cooked and shared over a video call. Recipes can be sent prior to preparing the meal, so that everyone can be involved in the process, from start to finish. If an elderly loved one is no longer able to cook independently, the meal can be prepared and delivered by another family member or prepared by a caregiver so that they may still enjoy the festivities.
Nothing will put a smile on your loved one’s face more than being able to see you in-person at a safe distance. Car parades have become very popular over the past few months, with many people decorating their vehicles, playing music, and waving to close relatives and friends. It is a great way to bring the holidays to seniors without compromising their health.
Isolate Before Celebrating the Holidays With An Aging Loved One
While the CDC recommends not seeing anyone outside of your household, if you make the decision to see an elderly loved one it is extremely important to isolate for 14 days beforehand in order to prevent the chances of spreading COVID-19 or another illness. Celebrations should be held outdoors with a limited number of guests. Everyone should remain six feet apart and wear masks. If traveling to see a loved one, driving is safer than other modes of transportation.
Wishing You and Yours a Safe Holiday Celebration
Comfort Keepers Grayslake wishes you and your family a very safe and wonderful holiday season. We understand how important it is to share these times with the ones we love the most, but we want to remind you that celebrating can be done in both meaningful and safe ways. Our team is committed to ensuring senior safety and well-being through the current health crisis and beyond and we are looking forward to a healthier 2021 for all.