The holidays are often a busy time with many exciting activities involving family participation. If your elderly loved one receiving in-home care in Phoenix has limited mobility, it’s important to find activities he or she can be included in so everyone can enjoy the holidays together.
Making Holiday Cards
Many food banks, homeless shelters, and military organizations need cards during the holiday season to brighten up meals for the less fortunate or provide encouragement for those serving the country. Your loved one may enjoy participating in these volunteer activities by making simple cards from craft materials. Additionally, many seniors enjoy sending homemade cards to family and friends. Invite your loved one to help you stuff envelopes, apply stamps, or write addresses while you visit and listen to holiday music.
Attending Holiday Concerts
Holiday plays and concerts put on by local schools and choirs can bring the spirit of the season to everyone who listens. If your loved one can be transported, arrange for him or her to see a performance. Either you or his or her part-time or live-in caregiver in Phoenix can assist with transportation to the event. If limited mobility makes it difficult for your loved one to leave home, many choirs are happy to volunteer their talents by coming to a senior’s home. Contact the local high school in your area to see if this would be possible.
Watching a Christmas Movie with the Family
Sitting together in a warm room together while watching a holiday classic and snacking on popcorn or other treats is a must for many families. Invite your loved one to join your family if he or she is mobile enough to visit your home. If not, bring the movie to his or her home. Making a special holiday treat together before watching can add even more fun to the evening.
Putting Together Gingerbread Houses
Gumdrops, chocolate candies, frosting, and sprinkles that adorn gingerbread houses can appeal to the inner child in everyone. Encourage your loved one to begin a new tradition by inviting friends and family to decorate these cookie houses. Ask everyone to bring a bag of candy to share and increase the excitement with a simple competition. Make sure simple houses are assembled prior to decorating and the candy and icing are within your loved one’s reach so he or she can enjoy getting creative.
There are many activities your loved one with limited mobility can enjoy during the holidays, and also a number of ways to help him or her maintain a higher level of mobility throughout the rest of the year. A professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help. For instance, if your loved one needs stroke care in Phoenix, our caregivers are expertly trained to provide safe and comfortable mobility assistance during his or her recovery. For more information on our senior care services, please call one of our friendly Care Managers at 602.388.1085 today to schedule a free consultation.