Senior Assisted Living Community Holiday Etiquette: Do This Instead Of That


If you have a loved one who has recently moved to a senior assisted living community, you may be starting to plan ahead to make their holidays as special as possible. Unfortunately, many people have good intentions, but they may not realize that they are making mistakes or breaking rules when they try to decorate their loved one's room or bring sweet treats. Here are a few alternative tips that you should consider if you are looking to make your loved one's holiday season bright and merry at a senior assisted living community. 

Work With Staff to Come Up With Festive Ways to Decorate Common Areas

Instead of decorating your loved one's room for the holidays, you should talk to the staff and ask if you can help decorate common areas, such as the dining room or recreation room. While you may mean well, rooms are often small in assisted living facilities, and many holiday decorations can pose a tripping hazard. As such, you should limit the decorations placed in specific living rooms, and instead, focus on common areas. 

Opt For Healthy Treats, Such as Fruit and Vegetable Trays

During the holiday season, you may want to bring sweet treats to your loved one and other residents. However, many elderly individuals are on diets that may limit the amount of sugar that they can eat. Instead of bringing cookies, candies and fudge, consider opting for healthy treats, such as fruit and vegetable trays. Do an online search for festive holiday trays to find decorative ideas to help spruce up a normal fruit or vegetable tray. 

Consider a Token of Gratitude For All of the Staff

During the holiday season, you may want to give a gift to the staff at the senior assisted living community that work with your loved one. Many facilities have limits on the gifts that employees can accept. As such, if you are looking to provide a gift to only a few specific people, ask the facility if there are gift limits. Alternatively, you can consider doing something for all of the staff, such as bringing in coffee and bagels one morning or sandwiches in the evening. You can say thank you without worrying about gift limits. 

If you are looking to brighten the holiday season for your loved one, or for the staff, you should consider working with the staff. Ask them about special holiday events and what you can do to make the holiday season brighter for not only your loved one but for all of the residents and the staff at the senior assisted living community.

Reach out to a senior living community to learn more.


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