Holiday Q&A: Loved Ones in Living Facilities Part 2

December 08, 2016
The holidays are time for gatherings, celebrations, family, and friends. However, throughout the holiday it's important to keep your health and the health of your loved ones in mind. Marizela Mehanovic, Recreation Coordinator at Rochester Regional Health’s Edna Tina Wilson Living Center in Greece, discusses how to incorporate loved ones no longer living on their own in holiday traditions.

Marizela Mehanovic

Marizela Mehanovic
Rochester Regional Health

Q: What are some ideas to incorporate loved ones no longer living on their own in holiday celebrations?

A: Whether you enjoy sitting down with your loved one and reviewing the activity calendar together or making a surprise visit during one of the programs; there are numerous ways to share the holiday spirit with your loved one.  Other holiday-themed activities you could plan are:
  • Attend a performance of holiday-themed music or dance, such as “The Nutcracker”
  • Organize an informal Christmas carol sing-along
  • Create a family scrapbook with mementos and photos
  • Throw a holiday-card party: assign everyone a task, such as writing out addresses, stuffing envelopes, or decorating cards with stickers
  • Help decorate their room, allowing your loved one to decide where he/she wants things placed
  • Have a cookie-baking and decorating
  • For loved ones that live far away, organize a virtual visit over Skype or FaceTime

Most importantly, have fun and laugh together. Reminisce about past holidays and family traditions.