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Minimizing Feelings of Loneliness for Seniors during the Holidays

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The holiday season is packed with social events that bring together family and friends. However, many seniors often struggle with feelings of loneliness during the holidays. For some senior adults, seasonal gatherings can be a painful reminder of loved ones they have lost. Additionally, those who are homebound may be struggling with feelings of isolation. If you are concerned that an aging loved one may feel left out this holiday, Home Care Assistance Vancouver, BC offers ways to provide your loved one the support they need to know they are a cherished member of your social circle.

  • Ask for Their Input During Holiday Planning – Over the years, senior adults have often planned many holiday events, and there may be some traditions that they look forward to every year. Talk to your loved one about the traditions they would like to continue, and consider their comfort level when choosing a place to host an event. Simply knowing that their involvement is a priority to the family will help them to feel included.
  • Read Greeting Cards Together – Seasonal cards can bring cheer to a senior who may be feeling isolated. Encourage family and friends to send holiday cards that you can read together. Then, create a special place in the senior’s home where they can be displayed.
  • Get Out and Mingle – Many communities and religious organizations host special holiday events that are designed for seniors. From luncheons to holiday concerts, getting out of the house can help a senior to meet other older adults while having some holiday fun. If your loved one struggles with mobility, offer to make transportation arrangements or accompany them so that the event is stress-free. If you are unable to accompany them personally, consider a Vancouver hourly caregiver who can ensure reliable transportation and safety at the event.
  • Maintain Frequent Contact – Seniors are often bombarded by visitors on the big holidays, yet the days in between events can be lonely. Make sure to call and visit your loved one often. If you will be out of town, arrange for a friend or companion to visit in your place. This way, your loved one will be provided with the social interaction they need on a regular basis to stave off feelings of loneliness.
  • Hire a Home Caregiver – While the gift of home care can be helpful for seniors who need a helping hand with activities of daily living and personal care, hourly and live-in caregivers in Vancouver can also be a great form of companionship for seniors during the lonely holiday months. Providing someone for your loved one to talk to and share stories and laughs with can help promote their mood, outlook and can brighten their spirits.

If you are interested in learning more about home care or companionship care, reach out to Home Care Assistance Vancouver today. Our friendly and knowledgeable Care Managers are available 24/7 to answer questions and can also help you schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation to further discuss care needs. Call 778-279-3634 and provide your aging loved one with the care they need and deserve.