This is a guest post in association with Extra Care
Christmas is the most special time of the year, when family and friends come together to celebrate with festive spirit, sharing presents and spreading good cheer. Sadly, this isn’t the case for every home in the UK, and there are many disabled or elderly people that won’t have anyone to share the holiday period with. Ensuring your elderly loved ones have an enjoyable Christmas is the best present you can give them, and it won’t take as much effort as you’d think. If you’re going to be looking after an elderly family member this Christmas, whether they’re staying in your home or you’re visiting theirs, here are a few things you can do to make their lives that little bit easier.
It’s The Little Things
If you’re visiting an elderly family member at their home this Christmas, set their boiler up to come on in the mornings and evenings, so the house is warm in the coldest parts of the day. Indeed, Christmas is a frosty time, with soups, broths and hearty foods stocking up cupboards around the country. Why not get a week’s shopping for your loved family member, or better yet order it in! Packing their cupboards with easy to cook meals will not only be a load off their mind, but it will also ensure they’re able to eat well this Christmas.
Even if they’re living in an Extra Care community, seeing the same faces every can make life a little stale. Instead of spending time with them at their place, why not take them out for a festive meal, or around some of the local Christmas markets. Getting out the house for an hour or two every day will give your elderly loved one some fresh air.
It’s a mind-set that most of us will never understand, but the elderly hate to be a burden on their families – and that’s why we need to take extra special care of them during Christmas. On Christmas day, in the run up to the afternoon or evening meal, keep checking whether your elderly loved one has everything they need, from an extra pair of socks to a glass of cherry. It’s their Christmas too, so by making sure they’re comfortable and having a good time, the Christmas spirit can be enjoyed by everyone!