If mom has just moved into assisted living, she may be wondering how the holidays are going to be this year. While it’s safe to say that things are going to be different, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be any less special. Even if her new space is much smaller, one thing you can do with your senior parent is decorate for Christmas! Here are some fun decorating ideas for your loved one’s assisted living apartment.
Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
That’s right, you can still put up a Christmas tree in an assisted living apartment! Depending on your loved one’s senior living community, it might have to be an artificial tree, but fake trees have really come a long way! You can buy one pre-lit which is a great time saver and means no more messing around getting the lights on. Of course, the best perks of an artificial tree have to be no shedding needles or watering necessary!
Tis’ The Season To Be Jolly
Besides the tree, there are a lot of other ways to get festive! Adding a few holiday throw pillows to mom or dad’s existing decor is always a nice and simple touch. Collecting holiday cards to display, a nice wreath to put on your loved one’s door, and holiday poinsettias are all easy, but still festive ways to decorate for the holidays. You could also schedule a night for your kids to come over to grandma’s new apartment and make some handmade decorations. Not only does this become a great activity to do together as a family, but we have a feeling those decorations will quickly become mom’s favorites.
Spread Christmas Cheer
Decorating for Christmas definitely helps us get into the holiday spirit, but spreading that cheer amongst your friends and family is the best feeling of all. Many senior living communities have holiday-themed events, meals, and activities. Every year UMC at the Shores sets up multiple Christmas trees and the residents help fluff and decorate them – complete with special Christmas-themed snacks of course! Local musicians or church choirs also come visit every year to sing Christmas carols and hymns to the residents, which is by far everyone’s favorite holiday activity.
Holidays at UMC at the Shores
We understand if your loved one feels hesitant spending their first holiday in an assisted living community, but we can assure that it is no less of a celebration. In fact, it might actually become a bigger celebration than they’re used to. We are dedicated to making the holidays special and grand at UMC at the Shores. From the entire UMC family, we’d like to wish you, your senior loved one, and your extended family a happy and healthy holiday season!
To learn more about our holiday events in assisted living, please call us today or visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/theshores/
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