Martha had always loved the holiday season. She kicked it off by cooking elaborate meals for Thanksgiving and inviting family and friends to gather around her table. Now, at age 84, Martha couldn’t do many of the activities she once did. It left her feeling disconnected from Thanksgiving celebrations. Her family members tried to help her stay involved, but they were busy, and Martha didn’t want to make a fuss. Then, Martha’s friend Sally told her about the delightful home care provider who came to see her a couple of times per week. Because of home care, Sally was holding Thanksgiving dinner at her house this year.
While your aging relative may not be up to hosting the meal, there are many ways home care and family caregivers can help them to remain involved in the Thanksgiving festivities. Here are 3 ideas.
1. Cooking and Baking.
Seniors who enjoy cooking and baking can still prepare dishes for the holiday table. While they may not be able to handle the whole meal, they can bake pies or make a side dish. Home care can assist them by reading the recipe, reaching for ingredients that are high up, bending to get pans and bowls from low cupboards, and lifting anything that is too heavy. They can also handle parts of the task that might be too difficult for the senior, letting them do the simple steps like adding ingredients into the bowl and stirring.
2. Thanksgiving Decorations.
Making homemade decorations can be a fun and easy way for the senior to contribute to the celebration. Help the older adult to cut out leaf shapes and make a colorful garland to hang. Or, make turkeys from paper or other items. There are plenty of ideas and patterns available for free on the Internet. Home care can help them make the decorations, which can be a joyful way for them to spend time together and build a relationship.
3. Attending Celebrations.
It can be a lot of work to bring an older adult to a family gathering, but that doesn’t mean they should be left out. Family caregivers may need to work together to make the day as easy as possible for everyone and ensure that one person doesn’t take on all the responsibility. Having a home care provider help prepare the person for the event can help. A home care provider can make sure that a bag is packed with everything the older adult may need for the day. Talking to seniors with cognitive deficits about an event for a few days before it occurs can take some of the anxiety out of the situation. A home care provider can assist by reminding the senior about the upcoming event and what they can expect.