A Thanksgiving celebration can be one of the highlights of the year for your elderly loved ones. With just a little thought and preparation, you can help ensure that your family celebration will be a time that your elderly relatives will cherish.
When elderly loved ones are attending your Thanksgiving celebration, be sure to include many traditional elements of the holiday. This will help evoke good memories for your loved ones and will create an atmosphere that is relaxed and warm. Be sure to include foods that your loved ones are used to eating on the holiday. Decorations you have used in the past, any special plates you used, and even a beloved tablecloth can all help tie the current Thanksgiving to those your loved ones have experienced in the past. Does your family usually watch the game or a special movie that your elderly relatives enjoy? Be sure to do it again this year.
Consider Any Food Restrictions
If your elderly relatives have any food restrictions, such as needing to avoid salt, a little preplanning can make things much easier for whoever is cooking and serving on Thanksgiving Day. You don’t have to plan the whole meal around these loved ones, but do make sure that there will be enough food that they will be able to eat.
Help Your Loved Ones Stay Safe
Be aware of potential hazards inside and outside your home. If there is snow and ice on the ground, be sure that someone is available to help your elderly relatives when they are entering and leaving your home. Also make sure that your rooms are free of obstacles on the floor that someone could trip over, and consider not placing lit candles on the table.
Keep the Guest List Small if Your Relatives Suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer’s
If you have any elderly loved ones with cognitive impairments, they may feel overwhelmed with large, noisy gatherings of people they don’t know. Keeping the group smaller and filled with familiar faces can help create a relaxed atmosphere that will be more comfortable for them.
Just a little effort on your part can help ensure that everyone has a joyful Thanksgiving. All of us at Garcia, Artigliere & Medby wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season. Should you ever need to talk to an experienced and compassionate elder law attorney, give us a call at 1-800-281-8515, and we would be glad to help.