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That time of year is upon us. It’s going to be Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s before we know it. The best part of this time of year is the entire family is going to gather together to see each other for what may have been a long time. Things are going to be extra special this year especially for your elderly relatives. Many may be staying with you during this time, or some may live local and are just coming to say hi for the day. Whatever the case, you need to prepare special services for these heads of our family. Here are some ways you can prepare your home for your elderly relatives this holiday season.
Ramp It Up
Some of our elderly loved ones are in wheelchairs or they can’t take the stairs that well. If that’s the case, getting an affordable aluminum ramp will do the trick. These ramps can be measured and tailored to your space and your needs. They are easy to assemble, and once your time with your relatives is done, you can take it down if need be. This will make it easier for them to walk or wheel into your home to be able to see the entire family.
Make Them Comfortable
Comfort is a high priority when we get older, so make sure a comfortable space is available for your loved one as soon as they arrive. Set up a comfortable chair that will be easy for them to get into and out of in case they need to use the bathroom. Centrally locate the chair so that all members of the family can say hello, and your loved one is not left out of conversations or out of the way where they can’t interact with family members. It also helps to make sure the walk to the table is not far for them so they can get up and change seats or have ample room to wheel themselves to the table.
Have Something For Them To Do
A lot of times, when elderly relatives are left out, they wind up sitting bored with nothing to do. During the holidays, this is a great opportunity to get them involved with the whole family by having something for them to play. Playing family games together keeps them active as does bringing out family photos and asking your loved one to tell stories. This makes them attentive and the center of attention allowing all family members to interact and keep your elderly relative engaged with the evening.
Prepare Food They Can Eat
A lot of elderly people have dietary restrictions, so to make them feel special, have food you know they can eat set aside for them. As everyone is eating the main course, your loved one won’t have to worry about feeling unwell after eating something they shouldn’t or not eating at all because nothing was prepared for them. Find out what they like to eat beforehand and have it prepared.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.