Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and gratitude. For families who have elderly loved ones, ensuring that the day is comfortable and enjoyable for them can be a top priority. At Essential Quality Care (EQC), we have been providing top-notch in-home care in the Portland Metro Area for seven years. Based on our experience, here are some tips on making Thanksgiving a more inclusive and pleasant experience for your elderly relatives.
Assessing Special Needs Ahead of Time
- Medical and Hygienic Needs: Seniors may have unique medical and hygienic requirements that need to be considered. Make sure you are aware of any medications they may need or if they have dietary restrictions that should be accounted for in the meal planning.
- Mobility Issues: Consider the layout of your home in relation to the mobility of your elderly loved ones. Make sure pathways are clear and that seating is both accessible and comfortable.
Creating a Comfortable Atmosphere
- Low-Stress Environment: The excitement of a family gathering can sometimes be overwhelming. Create a low-stress environment where seniors can relax. Designate a quieter room where they can retreat if needed.
- Inclusive Activities: Plan activities that allow everyone to participate. Simple board games or watching a family movie can be excellent ways to engage seniors in the festivities.
Offering the Level of Care They’re Accustomed To
- Expert Support from EQC Home Care: In-home care doesn’t replace the love and support of a family. It enhances it by providing specialized care that allows seniors to live independently and families to manage their time better. Even during the holidays, families in the Portland Metro Area can count on EQC for support.
- Independence Matters: Maintaining a sense of independence is crucial for seniors. You can help your loved one feel included and needed by encouraging them to contribute a dish or help set the table.
Thanksgiving is a time for unity and gratitude. With a few simple adjustments, it’s possible to create a holiday experience that is enjoyable for family members of all ages. At EQC Home Care, we are committed to aiding families in creating environments where everyone, regardless of age or medical condition, can enjoy quality time together.
For more information on how EQC can support your family during the holidays or any other time, feel free to contact us. Your family’s well-being is our priority.