As a family caregiver, you understandably want to keep your aging loved one thoroughly entertained and engaged throughout the year. While you may have many options available during the warmer months of the year, your options are likely limited during the cooler months.
With the winter holidays quickly approaching, you may be struggling to instill holiday spirit in your loved one in a fun and exciting way. Fortunately, there are some great activities available to keep your aging loved one engaged, even when the weather outside may be cold and dreary! Here are some of the top picks for fun winter activities from the staff at Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills.
- Holiday Movies – The holidays may be stressful and busy, but there is always time to kick back and relax with your family. Your aging loved one may have several treasured holiday classics that he or she loves to watch each year, and you can make the season more special by gathering the entire family for a movie night. If your loved one is up for it, you may even introduce your loved one to a new release in the movie theater. There are often several new holiday-themed movies for families to enjoy.
- Seasonal Arts and Crafts – If your loved one enjoys arts and crafts, you may consider heading down to the local crafts store to pick up some projects and supplies. You can usually find several kits to make holiday ornaments or decorations. You can also make wreaths, greeting cards, and small gifts for friends and family. Your loved one can decorate his or her space with these items to instill spirit throughout the season.
- Baking in the Kitchen– Baking is a holiday tradition in many families, and you and your loved one can bond while baking some of your family’s favorite sweet treats and dishes. Baking can be tiring at times, so think about tasks that your loved one may be able to complete from a chair at the kitchen table. For example, prepping and cutting items, mixing batter or frosting cookies can all be completed while sitting down.
Each of these festive ideas can add holiday flair to your time with your loved one. You can even include your own kids in the fun to make these true family experiences.
If you are concerned about how to manage your caregiving responsibilities with the holiday season, reach out to Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills. We know that while caregiving can be rewarding, it can also come with many challenges, especially during the busy holiday time. While we specialize in live-in care, our El Dorado Hills hourly caregivers are available for part-time respite care so you can take the break you need, while enjoying peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in the professional and caring hands of one of our expertly trained caregivers.
For more information about in-home care services, reach out to a friendly Care Manager at 916-358-3801 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.