Holiday Ideas for Seniors: How to Plan the Perfect Outing

The holiday season is all about enjoying time with family—from the youngest baby to the oldest great-grandfather, and everyone in between! And this season, whether you’re getting together for dinner, a party, or any other group outing, it’s important to be prepared. Consider these holiday ideas for seniors from Chicago’s top-rated in home care provider, Home & Hearth Caregivers, to celebrate the togetherness of your family, without the fuss.

First, you’ll need to decide on a holiday outing that your senior loved one will enjoy and feel comfortable participating in. Depending upon their needs and abilities, you might consider taking a leisurely family drive to look at holiday light displays, gather in your home to decorate the house as a family, attend a holiday party at a local senior center, or go out for an evening to enjoy a community play.

Once you’ve come up with a few ideas, you’ll want to think through a few key elements before deciding on your outing choice. Consider how much walking will be involved and if there is parking nearby, whether the destination has hills or a lot of stairs to climb, and if there is wheelchair access if needed. Also, make sure there will be cover from the elements; whether it’s windy, chilly or an unseasonably warm night—you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared and that the senior will be comfortable.

Once you’ve taken all of this into account, it’s time to prepare for a wide range of possibilities. Make sure to bring along all the medications needed, plus an extended supply, just in case the outing lasts longer or takes an unexpected turn. Also plan to have a few drinks and snacks available, in case of a delay. Be prepared for any type of weather, which means bringing along appropriate clothing, as well as sun, rain, or snow protection. Pack a supportive chair, if one will not be available at your destination, and know where the closest toilet facilities are located.

Whatever activities you participate in this holiday season, take things slow and create a relaxed environment to make certain your senior loved one is comfortable and happy. While visiting, it’s also a good opportunity to keep an eye out for any red flags that could indicate a need for care.

For more holiday ideas for seniors to enjoy an outing, or to learn more about our professional home care services, contact the Chicago area’s top in home care provider, Home & Hearth Caregivers, at 800-349-0663.

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