December 11, 2018 by Dean Bellefeuille

The holiday season is laden with parties, celebrations, and get-togethers. However, for an aging loved one, holiday activities require a little additional planning and preparation. Follow these holiday tips for Syracuse seniors from At Home Independent Living to be able to ensure fun and relaxed outings with family members of all ages this holiday season.

Before leaving the house, think through:

  • The amount of walking involved, and if there is parking nearby
  • Whether the destination is flat or has hills or stairs to climb
  • If there will be wheelchair access (if appropriate)
  • Whether there is cover and shade
  • Whether you can find bathroom facilities
  • If there is seating available just in case the senior wants to rest

Be certain to prepare for a wide variety of potential changes in plans:

  • Have all the medicines required and take an extra supply, in case the outing lasts longer or takes an unanticipated turn
  • Have appropriate clothing, as well as sun and rain protection
  • Bring something to eat and drink with you, in case of a delay

Want some holiday outing ideas that older adults will take pleasure in? Think about the following:

  • Take an unhurried family drive to view the holiday lights
  • If it is manageable and received warmly, invite the older person to your home to help with decorations
  • Assist your elderly loved one at a holiday party for older adults at a local senior center or another type of social gathering for seniors
  • Attend local and community plays; along with the local theater or ballet, there are reasonably priced plays and shows performed by local schools

No matter what activities you participate in this holiday season, take things slowly and create an environment that is relaxed to make certain your loved one is comfortable and happy. At Home Independent Living can help by enhancing your loved one’s independence while providing high quality in-home care during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year! Contact us online or call our dedicated Syracuse care team at (315) 579-HOME (4663) to learn more about the kind of senior in home care help Syracuse families prefer most. For more holiday tips for seniors, read our holiday season safety checklist.