While the holiday season brings joy to most, this time of the of the year can bring feelings of loneliness and anxiety for many people. Often times, those that live in care communities suffer from feelings of disconnect and isolation due to being separated from family and friends during the holiday season. Finding ways to create new holiday traditions, especially this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, can greatly reduce stress levels and keep everyone connected and happy.
Decorating For the Holidays
As the holiday gets closer, entire yards and houses are being decorated with holiday colors and ornaments. The feeling of belonging can help seniors reduce stress and stay involved with family and friends. Across our continuum we encourage our residents and patients to participate in putting up holiday decorations in their rooms, as this could help them get into the holiday spirit and helps them stay active when there are so many restrictions for traditional social gatherings this year. In addition, our resident engagement teams have gotten creative with holiday themed care carts delivering special holiday treats in a safe and healthy manner.
Not only is Art therapy proof that something as simple as putting a paint brush to a canvas can yield life-altering results for many, but it can make a holiday more enjoyable. Whether you craft a winter scene or a holiday flower, these simple holiday activities allow residents to express themselves in ways that transcend language.
We are committed to giving our residents a rich and pleasurable dining experience every day. In addition to providing delicious meals and personalized service, our thoughtful dining staff also works individually with residents to accommodate special dietary needs and requests. With our signature dining program, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance the dining experience during the holidays. Our chefs work hard to incorporate special holiday recipes and have even made recipes from our residents to help keep their traditions alive even when they are unable to see their family. This year has been especially difficult, but our dining teams are dedicated to keeping those holiday meal traditions alive.
This year has influenced the way we are able to interact with each other. Socially distanced activities such as virtual yoga classes, bingo on iPads and and hallway dance parties have become the norm. Social distancing has forced many visits and calls to be virtual and has greatly impacted the connection with family. Although families are unable to visit in many locations, scheduling calls with your loved ones is of utmost importance this holiday season. Think of it as more than just a call, share music, reminisce on holidays past and share photos are great ways to stay engaged during the holidays.
No matter how different the holidays may seem this year, we are dedicated to Caring With A Commitment to Quality to help our residents and families get through it together to live happy.