When you have parents in an assisted living community, determining how to celebrate the holidays can be a difficult decision to make. In the end, most people have one main question: Do I bring Mom and Dad home for the holidays, or do I go visit them?
Before making your decision, here are some ways to determine your answer:
Ask your parents if they want to come home for the holidays
It never hurts to just ask your parents what they want to do for the holidays. While you may think it’s a great idea to let them visit family and friends, they might have different plans.
As you talk to them, reassure your parents that everyone wants to see them and is excited to talk with them. If they still prefer the idea of staying in their assisted living community for the holidays, it’s best to respect their wishes.
Talk to the staff about the idea
These individuals will have the best knowledge of the care your parents will need if they come home for the holidays. Be sure to ask about medication, bathing, personal care and if it’s something your parents have mentioned to them.
If your parents do come home with you, ask the staff members for personal care tips that will enhance your parents’ safety and wellbeing.
What to do if your parents have dementia
If one or both of your parents have dementia, it’s probably best to visit them in the assisted living community. Taking them to a new and unfamiliar environment may cause them to be disoriented.
When you visit your parents for the holidays, this is a great time to look at old photographs, listen to seasonal music and enjoy decorations in their living space. Many assisted living communities have a wide range of holiday programming and fun activities to enjoy as well.
Regardless of what you decide to do, the holidays are great for spending time with your loved ones. Your parents will feel special and joyful that you included them in the festivities.