This morning I was brainstorming with one of my employees about an upcoming holiday program we will be rolling out in the next week or two, and I was moved to remind her that the upcoming holiday season can be a very lonely time for so many older folks.
Although the holidays are a time that ElderCare at Home highlights some of our more unique programs and services, it is important to always remember that it is on a “consistent basis” that our patients enjoy all of those services that allow them to live at home and not be lonely.
It’s not just on Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas that an older person needs supportive and compassionate care or to be remembered. Rather it is on a daily basis that they should enjoy a warm smile, soft touch, comforting companionship and a good quality of life.
This year, as you plan for the holiday season, be sure to remember older friends or neighbors that might be lonely this time of year. Sometimes just a phone call or a short visit can brighten their day. Some little things you can do include:
- Drop off a hot meal in a crock pot
- Send a card with a hand written note
- Offer to drive them to the mall to shop
- Rent a holiday DVD and spend an hour or two together
- Sing Christmas carols
- Take them to Church or Synagogue
- Help them address their holiday cards and offer to mail them
- Bake cookies together