There’s an old tune sung by Glen Campbell that goes, “Christmas is for Children.” Yes, children get excited about Christmas in a special way that’s contagious to all around them. This Christmas, make sure that your children spread some holiday cheer to your San Mateo senior. If your senior has limited mobility and is receiving disability care, he or she would gladly welcome a visit from the grandkids. Their bright and shining faces will make his or her week!
Help your San Mateo senior with disability care needs combat loneliness during the holidaysDecember is a month filled with fun events, family time and lots of good food. But many, including San Mateo seniors, struggle with loneliness during this season. They know that others are enjoying themselves, but with disability care needs and loss of loved ones, it’s easy to feel left behind. But thankfully, NuevaCare’s caregivers can help. A NuevaCare caregiver can offer companionship to brighten the spirits of your San Mateo senior. A disability care provider can also make it easier for your senior to have the grandkids over for a visit. Here’s a few ideas for things your senior could do with his or her grandchildren.
- Play board games – Children of all ages can enjoy some fun competition while playing board games ranging from chess and checkers to Rummikub, Chutes and Ladders, Clue and many others. Board games are perfect for seniors receiving disability care because they can be done on a table and most don’t require a lot of physical mobility. Puzzles are also a good activity if the kids are a little older. Or, play some card games together and, if your senior knows some card tricks, he or she will be the center of attention!
- Watch Christmas TV shows – This time of year, there are lots of fun TV programs for the whole family to enjoy. Your San Mateo senior can invite the grandkids over to watch favorites like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and others. A caregiver can provide grocery shopping and meal preparation assistance for the event and create a fun meal for all to enjoy.
- Read a book – This holiday, gather around your aging parent’s Christmas tree and have him or her read a holiday story to the family. With the grandkids in their pajamas and the soft light of the twinkling lights, this will certainly be a picture perfect moment and a memory everyone will treasure for years.
- Make a craft or sugar cookies together – If your senior is receiving disability care, a craft might be a little more difficult, but it’s still a possible option. Your senior’s San Mateo caregiver can advise as to whether or not this is a good idea and can offer some suggestions for hands-on activities that all would enjoy!