The holidays can be one of the loneliest times for seniors living in a senior assisted care center. They may feel cut off from their family and miss the traditions that they normally take part in. If you want to ensure your loved one does not miss out on the holidays, you may be looking to make things more festive for them at their senior assisted care center. However, while your intentions may be great, you may end up breaking the facility's rules. Here are the questions you should ask before you take action.
Can a Loved One's Room Be Decorated for the Holidays?
If you are looking to make things more festive for your loved one, you may be thinking about decorating their room. Some people want to place holiday lights or a Christmas tree in the room to spread holiday cheer. But before you go out and buy decorations, ask the care center if your loved one is allowed to have decorations in the room and if there are any restrictions. Due to safety, tripping, and fire hazards, some decorations may not be allowed. If you cannot decorate your loved one's room, ask about donating decorations and your time to decorate common areas, such as the cafeteria. Not only will your loved one enjoy it, but so will the other residents.
Does My Loved One Have Dietary or Food Restrictions?
During the holiday season, you may want to bring goodies to your loved one in a senior assisted care center. However, since you are not with your loved one day in and day out, you may not be aware of any special diets that they are on or any food restrictions that they have. Before you bring in food for them, ask their charge nurse if you can bring in the treats that you are planning.
Are There Restrictions on the Gifts That Can Be Given to Staff Members?
Your loved one may be looking to purchase gifts for all of the staff members who they interact with on a daily basis. And they may turn to you to help them purchase the perfect gift. However, many care centers place restrictions on what can be given. Most limit the cost of gifts that are given and the items that can be given. Before you purchase gifts for your loved one to give to staff, make sure you know what rules or restrictions the center has in place.
If you're interested in learning more about the type of care available for your loved ones, talk to a representative from a senior assisted care center today.Share