‘Tis the season to be jolly, and that goes for everyone. The elderly may have trouble partaking in the trimmings and trappings this Christmas, but Palm Desert caregivers can recommend some holly jolly ideas to lift your senior loved one’s spirits. Spread some holiday cheer with your elderly family member by trying out these fun and festive holiday crafts.
A Christmas wreath is one of the quintessential trappings of the holiday season. From simple to complicated, they can be whatever you dream up. Popular designs include the use of pinecones, seasonal colors of red and green, and shiny ribbons. Creating wreaths is a great way for seniors to keep their hands busy and stave off the progression of arthritis. Additionally, it gives them a reason to smile.
Who doesn’t like receiving Christmas cards? Making these festive greetings is just as fun! Buy some plain cards in bulk from the store or construct your own out of parchment paper. Handwrite and decorate each card to add some individual flare for the intended recipients. Making these cheerful greetings by hand rather than buying them pre-made is an excellent way to instill a sense of independence in your senior loved one.
Use the melt and pour method of making soap for a terrific holiday crafting project with your senior loved one. The process involves melting and pouring a soap base into molds to create different shapes. For Christmas, reindeer, angels, and snowmen are fun shape options. The calming and therapeutic nature of scents like myrrh and frankincense can bring about additional wellbeing for seniors. Plus, handmade soaps make great gifts and look lovely on display.
If you’re looking for something a little more offbeat, why not try concocting a holiday soda pop? All you need is a carbonation device from your local home goods store. These sodas can easily be flavored with seasonal flavors like punch or pumpkin spice. For extra flair, they can also be served in old-fashioned pop bottles. For some seniors, diabetic issues are a concern. If that’s the case, these sodas can still be enjoyed with natural sugar alternatives. A homemade beverage on the dinner table is an excellent conversation piece and gives your senior the opportunity to share with others something he or she can be proud of.
Holiday crafts are great for lifting your senior loved one’s spirits, but they also provide mental stimulation. If your loved one could use a boost in emotional and mental wellbeing, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Palm Desert. We provide quality care for local seniors on a schedule that suits their individual needs, whether they need assistance a few hours a week or on a full-time basis. Our caregiver receive optimal training to stay up-to-date in the latest senior care methods, which will ensure your loved one receives diligent care in the comfort and security of home. Call a friendly Care Manager today at (760) 345-0001 to inquire about our other services and schedule a free in-home consultation.