Depending on what stage of life you are in and what your mindset is like, the holiday season can either be the best time of year or it can be a really hard time of year. It’s no surprise that for those living in skilled nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, the season can be a challenge that may bring about feelings of sadness or loneliness.
Senior adults don’t lose their desire to celebrate. They often love this time of year because of the lights, decorations, Christmas trees, celebratory foods and meals, and more. But they may also have memories of years past when they spent the holidays in a different place, in a different way, with different people.
That’s where we come in at our USA Healthcare facilities. We do our best to make our facilities fun, festive, and filled with the spirit of the season.
From our common areas to private or shared rooms, we have several strategies and unique aspects of our facilities that allow us to make these areas feel like home for our wonderful residents.
While we do have some limitations for safety purposes, we encourage using seasonal items to decorate residents’ rooms when possible. Many rooms already have special pictures, quilts, paintings, mementos, and more. For the holidays, Christmas throws, pillows, and small decorations can be added. This can be a fun activity when family members come in to help.
We don’t want our dining rooms to feel like typical dining rooms or cafeterias. We create a home-like setting and offer homestyle options. This means tables where four or more residents can eat together while they chat and reminisce about holidays past. We decorate our dining rooms as well, and we serve festive, seasonal meals often during this time of year.
Our usual variety of daily planned activities are a huge part of the community and culture at all USA Healthcare facilities. This may involve activities inside and out of the facilities, such as watching movies, shopping, painting, cooking, quilting, and more. All of these activities lend themselves well to holiday themes, whether that means watching Christmas movies, going out to shop for grandchildren, or painting a seasonal scene on canvas.
In general, music is a wonderful therapeutic approach for senior adults, and they often love listening to Christmas carols. We have pianos at many of our facilities, and we provide the opportunity for residents to play or sing often this time of year.
All of our facilities provide regular worship services for residents and even family members. It’s important that they hear Christmas carols and other seasonal music, as well as messages of hope and joy.
At USA Healthcare, we look forward to getting to know you and your family and helping you get the answers you need when it comes to the best care options for your loved ones. Contact us at USA Healthcare to discuss our long-term and short-term care facilities and options. We’re here for you!