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6 Tips for Celebrating the Holidays in Assisted Living

Holiday traditions range from fun tasks like hanging stockings to meaningful memories like lighting the menorah. Transitioning to Assisted Living may change how you celebrate, but doing so can be a positive experience. These six tips can help you along the way.

1. Modify Traditions as Needed

Attending large family gatherings might be overwhelming. Consider shortening your visit to include only a part of the festivities. This adaptation ensures participation without the strain of long, exhausting events.

2. Celebrate Within the Community

Many assisted living communities host special holiday events for residents and their families. Check if your community offers such events. They are wonderful ways to celebrate without the stress of travel and logistics.

3. Honor Lost Loved Ones

The holidays can often remind us of those who are no longer with us. Find meaningful ways to include the memories of departed loved ones in your celebrations. Suggestions include special decorations, photos or shared stories.

4. Spread Out the Celebrations

Remember that the holiday season spans several weeks, so you don’t need to pack all visits and activities into one or two days. Spreading out celebrations can reduce stress and make the season more enjoyable.

5. Personalize Your Space

Decorate your assisted living apartment with a wreath on your door, a tree or other holiday décor. You can also display cards you receive. This creates a festive and familiar atmosphere, making the space feel cheerful and inviting during the holiday season.

6. Virtual Connections

For family members who can’t visit in person, consider setting up video calls. This way, you can still be a part of family celebrations and keep the holiday spirit alive, despite the distance.

By embracing these adjustments, assisted living residents and their families can enjoy a festive and memorable holiday season, filled with warmth, love, and cherished traditions, albeit in new and adapted forms.

A version of this blog originally appeared in the Newton Daily News.