Help Them Decorate
If the senior you care for is willing, ask them if they have any decorations you could put up in their home. Your client may not have the physical strength to put a Christmas tree, design their winter village, or hang garland around the room. Anything you can do to bring some holiday spirit into their home will help the senior client smile during this time.
While doing this you can ask clients their favorite holiday memories or stories. Ask them about traditions they had when they were young children. Perhaps you can share some of your own as well. Remember, if your client doesn’t feel comfortable sharing specific details with you, don’t pressure them. Some things just take a little bit of time or may be painful memories.
We live in a time where if we cannot physically be with our families we can be with them digitally. Contact your client’s family and see if you can schedule a holiday video chat. Your clients face is sure to light up with joy when they see their family and grandchildren. For more tips on how to communicate with family members, you can read Modern Ways of Communicating to Your Clients’ Family.
Watch a Holiday Movie
Sometimes you can bring a little holiday cheer by watching a movie together. Ask them which holiday movie is their favorite and spend time watching it together. Your senior clients, especially if they live alone, might be lonely and spending some quality time together may just be what they need. Senior loneliness is an ever-increasing struggle in the home care industry. When you take time to be their friend instead of only their caregiver, you can make a positive impact on the lives of your senior clients.