Senior making gingerbread houses with grandchild

Plan for a Cheerful Holiday Season with Senior Loved Ones

Senior making gingerbread houses with grandchild

Use these tips from our experts in home care in Ogden & nearby areas to help make the holiday season with senior loved ones merry and bright.

The holidays are filled with celebrations, parties, and get-togethers. However, for an elderly loved one, holiday outings require a little supplemental planning. Follow these guidelines from  Harmony Home Health & Hospice’s experts in home care in Ogden and surrounding communities to enjoy relaxed and fun outings with family members of all ages this holiday season.

Prior to leaving the house, consider:

  • How much walking is required, and whether there will be parking close by
  • Whether the location is flat or has steps or hills to climb
  • Whether or not it is wheelchair-accessible (if appropriate)
  • If there is cover and shade
  • Where the bathroom facilities are
  • If there is seating available in the event that your loved one wants to rest

Be certain to prepare for a wide range of possible plan changes:

  • Have all necessary medicines on hand, and bring an extra supply, in case the outing takes longer or takes an unanticipated turn
  • Have appropriate clothing as well as rain and sun protection
  • Bring along snacks and drinks, in case of a delay

Need some holiday outing suggestions that older adults might enjoy? Take into consideration the following:

  • Go for a relaxing family drive to see the area holiday lights
  • If it’s possible and welcomed, invite the senior to your home to help with decorating for the holidays
  • Take the older adult to a holiday party at the local senior center
  • Go to community plays; in addition to the local theater, there are affordably priced plays and shows presented at local schools

When engaging in any holiday activities for older adults, take things slow and create a relaxing environment to make sure the senior is comfortable and content. The home health care team at Harmony Home Health & Hospice can offer support by increasing your loved one’s independence while providing exceptional home care in Ogden and nearby areas during the holidays and throughout the rest of the year! Reach out to our dedicated senior care professionals at 1-877-I-NEED-CARE to discover more. See the full list of areas we serve throughout the Ogden, UT area here.