When a loved one lives in a nursing home, certain events can become complicated. It can be difficult to celebrate events such as birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Your loved one might not be able to leave the nursing home to join in your festivities. Throughout November and December, there are many holidays that your loved one might be worried about having to miss. You can help your loved one through the holiday season. You can also make the holidays as enjoyable as possible for your whole family with these tips.
Talk to the Nursing Home About Holiday Policy
You should learn about the nursing home’s holiday visiting policy in advanced. If there is limited space or times for visits during the holiday season, you can make sure that you get on the list by asking early.
Include Your Loved One in the Festivities
If possible, talk to the nursing home about having your loved one released to your custody. If this happens, they can attend family celebrations. This will lift everyone’s spirits and keep your holiday traditions in tact. If this is not possible, try to bring the party to your loved one. Set up a visit with the nursing home so that your family can spend the holidays together. Even if you cannot visit on an actual holiday, you can set up a visit with your family. This allows you to spend time together during the holidays.
Maintain Your Traditions
Family traditions are important. Even if you have to spend the holidays in the nursing home, you can keep certain traditions going. For example, you can listen to the same music that you usually do during the holidays, tell the same stories, and bring the same foods. This quality time is the most important part about the holidays, so even if you are in a different venue, you can still have a good time.
In this situation, it might be difficult to please everyone. Certain family members might not want to spend the holidays in a nursing home, and your loved one who is a nursing home resident might be sad around the holidays, no matter what you try to do to cheer them up. It is important to recognize that some things are out of your control. As long as you make a genuine attempt to make the holidays special for your family, you will be on the right track. Don’t stress about everything being perfect and try to enjoy this time with your family.
Give Your Loved One a Job
Your loved one who is living in a nursing home might be feeling obsolete. Ask them to make gifts for family members, set up decorations, or share old holiday recipes to help them get into the holiday spirit.
These are just a few ideas on how to make the holidays special for your family, even if a loved one is in a nursing home.