With a vaccine nearly here, health officials are still strongly encouraging mask wearing and social distancing. In fact, many states have recently added new safety precautions – including limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people at a time.
This makes holiday planning a little tricky for seniors this year.
But, not to fear! Seniors can still celebrate and partake in all the holiday cheer. They just have to do it smartly and safely.
In this article, we’ve included tips on how to keep your senior safe throughout the holidays, as well as suggestions on how to help your seniors make the most of their celebrations this year.
How to Keep Seniors Safe This Holiday?
As a word to the wise, here are some basic safety precautions to take this holiday season. You may be tired of hearing these tips, but it’s always good to have a reminder every so often. Especially, when it comes to the health and wellbeing of seniors we love. And, make sure your senior is following all CDC health guidelines.
- Avoid large parties.
- Social distance.
- Wear a mask.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Keep some hand-sanitizer nearby.
- Find out the health status of your guests.
- Sit 6-feet apart when eating.
How to Make the Most of the Holidays This Year?
Just because there are extra rules and regulations this year, doesn’t mean the holidays are ruined. In fact, you may find that some of these safety precautions actually have some positive impacts on the holidays.
1. Focus on What Matters
Over the years, the holidays have become so commercialized, that we’ve easily lost sight of what truly matters. The real meaning behind the holidays.
Now, we have a chance and a reason to get away from the huge parties and instead stay home with family. The stricter safety regulations this year have given us a chance to spend quality time with our seniors and the people we truly love.
2. Send Gifts Ahead of Time
Sales have already begun. This means, that you can easily start your holiday gift shopping now.
If you can’t spend the holidays in-person together, sending gifts ahead of time to your senior is a sweet way of showing that you care. You can also make it an activity over the phone, and help your senior send his or her gifts to friends and family.
3. Learn How to Entertain Virtually
If you’ve got a big family, video calls will be your best friend this holiday season. Put your senior on a video call to keep him or her safe, but included. You can unwrap gifts together, watch holiday movies together, sing together, play games together, or even just sit and chat.
Video calls are a wonderful way to spend time with everyone this holiday season, while still being cautious.
4. Send Some Holiday Cards
Phone calls and video calls are nice, but there’s something extra special about a hand-written card. It may sound old-school, but sending a hand-written holiday card or thank you card, will really show your senior how much you care about them and how much you miss them. You may even want to help your senior write out some cards as well!
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