How to Celebrate The Holidays Safely with Senior Loved Ones

Keep in touch with seniors social distancingIt’s the season to celebrate with loved ones! Usually, this is the time of year when we gather together to say thanks and celebrate the gift of family and friendship. Unfortunately, this year is a little different.

If you or your loved one are at a higher risk for complications from COVID-19, meeting face to face for the holidays might not be possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently asking those at an increased risk of illness from the coronavirus to consider any health risks before venturing out.

For older adults or those with pre-existing medical conditions, traveling for the holidays is not advised. Even if you are cautious, traveling increases your chances of contracting and spreading diseases. Before you and your loved one make holiday plans this year, check the number of COVID-19 cases in your area.

If you decided not to visit family or close friends this year, here are some ideas to help you find ways to celebrate. These ideas can let older loved ones know you are still thinking about them during the holiday season.

Connect Using Technology

Reaching out is the easiest and best way to let someone know you care about them. Thankfully, there are many options you can use to speak to and see your loved ones, even if they can’t be in the room with you.

Call them on the phone and give them a seasonal greeting. Calling older loved ones often will help you feel connected and keep you updated on their health and wellbeing.
Video chat using Zoom, Google Meet, or video chat options on your phone. You can set up a holiday video chat with family and friends to still see each other.
Send them emails! You can send virtual cards or a message wishing them a happy holiday.

Send a Care Package or Flowers

Just because you might not see each other in person doesn’t mean you still can’t send gifts and cards! This year more than ever, sending a holiday card or care package is a touching way to let your older loved ones know your thinking about them.

Consider Having a Small Gathering

If you live close to your loved ones’ homes or assisted living facility, you can try to arrange a time to see them safely. If they are in a facility, you can ask the care providers if you can greet your loved one through a window. You can visit them outside briefly while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines for loved ones still living at home.

Westchester Family Care Is Here for You This Holiday Season

If you are worried that your older family members might feel isolated this holiday season, remember, you are not alone. Our dedicated caregivers at Westchester Family Care can help provide care and companionship safely. If you are interested in learning more about companionship services, contact us today.

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