Our staff at The Haven Assisted Living Facility remind us to think of elders in our families and communities who may be feeling lonely this holiday season.
- Spend time with a loved one. Look at family photos, watch holiday movies, listen to music, bake goodies or share a craft. Ask about their favorite holiday memories. If you can’t visit, call.
- Send a holiday greeting card. If possible, include photographs and have grandchildren and other family members contribute simple drawings and cards.
- Help them add decorations to their home or long-term care facility (make sure they don’t present a safety hazard).
- Join in a holiday activity at your loved one’s long-term care facility. Sharing crafts, music and other activities also is a great way for children to spend time with their elders.
- If you’re concerned your loved one is isolated or lonely, look into community programs that can help them feel more more connected. Northwest Colorado Health’s Aging Well program offers fitness classes and other programs to help seniors stay physically and socially active.
- Extend kindness to a neighbor or senior in your community. Consider volunteering at an organization that serves seniors. The Haven welcomes community members of all ages to share activities with residents. Check out The Haven’s Facebook page to see how they keep busy! Contact Camilla Wall for more information.