With the festive season in full swing, where 56 percent of Australians are gearing up to savour a Christmas Day feast with their families in the comfort of their homes, an important consideration surfaces—how can we extend the joy of the season to our beloved family members and friends residing in aged care facilities?
Whether to invite our loved ones into our homes for the day or visit them at their residence becomes a focal point in our holiday plans. While navigating this choice can present some challenges, it’s important to note that there are numerous thoughtful and inclusive ways to spread the Christmas cheer for those in aged care.
By fostering a sense of connection, warmth, and shared celebration, we can make the holiday season a truly special and memorable time for all, regardless of the chosen setting.
With this in mind, join Starts at 60 as we discover meaningful gestures and activities that embody the true spirit of the season, making a positive impact on the lives of our loved ones in aged care during this joyous time of year.
TriCare’s Jindalee Aged Care Residence Josef Casais explained that when putting together Christmas family get-togethers, loved ones should consider a range of factors.
“Some residents will thrive on the opportunity to visit a family members’ home and participate in family celebrations and catch up with children and grandchildren, whilst others will find it stressful, tiring, and even a little frightening,” Casais said.
TriCare has found family members are increasingly bringing the festivities to their loved ones’ facilities to make it more enjoyable — and even help participate in the festive activities planned by the Aged Care Facility.
“We always do something special for Christmas, this year we will be hosting a Christmas party with an entertainer singing festive songs, as well as residents making edible Christmas treats that they can share and gift to their families on Christmas Day,” Casais added.
“Families are most welcome and encouraged to join in on the festive spirit — their support is appreciated.”
He also recommended several delightful ways for family members to bring the Christmas spirit to their loved ones in aged care.
Whether it’s a cosy gathering, a heartfelt gift, or a brief yet meaningful phone call, these simple gestures can create lasting memories for our loved ones while ensuring they feel the Christmas spirit long after the decorations are put away.