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Serving Up a Special Thanksgiving for Your Elderly Loved One

There are few better ways to celebrate Thanksgiving than spending the day with a senior parent. Sometimes the holiday can be a source of stress and strain for elderly loved ones, which is why San Antonio part-time care providers have put together the following tips to making Thanksgiving special for your senior family member.

If your loved one resides at home with the help of family or professional caregivers, prepare dishes that are familiar or have been family favorites for generations. If you’re your family is less traditional and your senior loved one is physically able, offer to provide transportation to a favorite restaurant for a fun Thanksgiving meal.

For loved ones who receive dementia or in-home Parkinson’s care in San Antonio, minimize the confusion by limiting the number of people invited to the gathering. If you decide to prepare the meal at home, allow your loved one to assist as much as possible provided he or she is capable. Be an active listener, engage your loved one in conversion and allow him or her to reminisce about past holidays or occasions. 

Plan fun yet simple activities for the day so your senior loved one can participate in the festivities, and consider some games and activities that he or she enjoyed in the past. Stimulate memories by going through photographs, or perhaps bring the materials along and make a scrapbook together. Your parent might enjoy visiting with you or other guests while putting together a puzzle. Play music that is familiar to your loved one and encourage him or her to sing and dance along. 

Pets often have a calming effect on seniors regardless of their cognitive abilities. If you have a well-behaved, four-legged companion and you know that he or she would be welcome, bring your furry friend along. Your loved one might be delighted to see your pet and it could add to the warm, fuzzy atmosphere of family togetherness.

With the help of compassionate caregivers from Home Care Assistance, you can make this Thanksgiving a joyous and memorable one. We provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and stroke care in San Antonio, which allows family members to focus on making the holidays special for seniors while our esteemed caregivers monitor senior safety and offer assistance with personal care. Call a friendly Care Manager today at 210.495.6300 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.