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A Holiday Checklist for Seniors to Make Outings Easier for the Whole Family

A senior Christmas shopper delighted with his purchase as he drives his scooter away from a light decorated mall.

The holiday season is filled with parties, celebrations, and get-togethers. However, for an older loved one, holiday excursions warrant a little additional planning and preparation. Follow these suggestions from All Care’s holiday checklist for seniors to be able to enjoy fun and relaxed outings with family members of all ages this holiday season.

Prior to leaving the senior's home, think about:

  • The amount of walking required, and if there is parking in close proximity
  • Whether the location is flat or has hills or stairs to climb
  • If there will be wheelchair accessibility (if appropriate)
  • Whether there is cover and shade
  • Where the rest rooms are located
  • Whether there are chairs or benches available in case the senior needs to rest

Be sure to prepare for a wide variety of potential changes in plans:

  • Have all the prescriptions and over-the-counter medications required and take an extra supply, in case the outing lasts longer or takes an unanticipated turn
  • Have suitable clothing as well as sun and rain protection
  • Bring something to eat and drink with you, just in case of a delay

Need some holiday outing ideas that older adults will take pleasure in? Take into consideration the following:

  • Take a relaxing family drive to enjoy the area holiday lights
  • If it is possible and welcomed, invite the older person to your home to help with decorations
  • Assist your elderly loved one at a holiday party for older adults at a local senior center
  • Attend local and community plays; along with the local theater or ballet, there are also reasonably priced plays and shows given by local schools

Regardless of what activities you participate in this holiday season, take things slow and create an environment that is relaxed to make certain your loved one is comfortable and happy. All Care can help by boosting your loved one's independence while providing high quality in-home care during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year! Contact us online or call our dedicated Rogue Valley home care team at (541) 857-9195 to discover more.

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