For many families, the holiday season is a bittersweet time. It is a comfort
to visit with loved ones and renew family relationships, but it is also
difficult to see distressing changes in senior family members. If you
have a loved one who is receiving specialized
memory care, a visit from you can brighten his or her day.
Limit the Number of Visitors
A visit from one or two loved ones can lift the spirits of a memory care
resident. It may be wise to avoid bringing more visitors than this in
any one visit, however. Too much stimulation can cause confusion and anxiety
in an individual with Alzheimer’s. Consider arranging multiple visits
on different days so that the entire family has an opportunity to visit
with the individual.
Bring Holiday Decorations
When a loved one is receiving bedside care, holiday decorations can make
the room more cheerful. However, be careful not to put up too many holiday
decorations because a chaotic or “busy” environment can be
distressing for seniors with Alzheimer’s. It is also important to
make sure that the decorations you bring will not pose a safety risk to
your loved one. If you are unsure of what you should bring, you can call
the home ahead of time to ask for guidance.
Assist with Writing Holiday Cards
Your loved one may no longer be able to write and send holiday cards by
him- or herself, but you can help him or her stay connected. Help your
loved one write notes in holiday cards that you can mail later. Your loved
one might also enjoy seeing the holiday cards that the family has received
from distant relatives.
Enjoy Family Activities
The memory care location may offer holiday-inspired activities that family
members can enjoy with their loved ones. You might also bring along a
traditional family recipe to prepare with your loved one. If he or she
no longer has the capacity to assist with basic kitchen tasks, bring in
the prepared dish to share.
Avalon Memory Care, our residents enjoy the comforts of a home-like setting and the spirit
of a close-knit community. If your loved one is receiving continuous care
in Arlington, Houston, and Cedar Park we invite you to celebrate the holidays
together. Call (214) 752-7050 for information about visiting your loved one.