The holidays are a special time of year for everyone. It’s a great time for people to come together. In long-term care, it can be difficult for residents who are used to their own traditions and way of doing things.
And while a turkey dinner and some festivities are always a good idea, it may not be enough.
Why not have a conversation with your residents about their holiday traditions? For some it could be baking. You could allow them to spend some time in the kitchen making some delicious baked goods.
For others, it could be Christmas movies. Or singing Christmas carols. Make sure these options are available to your residents.
But the best thing you can do is allow your residents to share their experiences of past Christmases. One idea is to ask your residents their favourite part of Christmas. Maybe you compile everyone’s answers into a book or post each person’s story on their door.
Start those conversations about past Christmases. Yes, it may be hard for residents to realize things aren’t the same as they used to be but sharing those memories is a great way to reflect and reminisce.
And don’t forget your staff! Let them share their holiday stories as well.
The holidays can be tough for people in long-term care but the more you incorporate your residents’ desires and wishes, the better!