Thanksgiving with The Elderly During COVID-19
The holiday season can be difficult for seniors even during the best of times. It is easy for our elderly loved ones to feel left out or isolated during this time, especially those who are shut in or cannot travel. But, during this major health crisis (Covid-19), things have gotten even more complex. Planning for Thanksgiving dinner may need a little more preparation.
Each senior living home will have their own protocols to follow, depending on the situation in their local region and center. Therefore your first action should be to schedule a conversation with the administration as soon as possible.
Find Out if Leaving the Facility is An Option
Although many facilities are not encouraging residents to leave the property, you may be able to work out a compromise. Perhaps the other attendees to the party can be tested prior to dinner, or perhaps you can promise to socially distance and wear masks. Returning to the facility after a few days may require a test for the resident. No matter the rules, call today to find out what options, if any, that you have to bring your lived one home for a few days.
Explore the Possibilities for a Visit
Depending on the situation, the assisted living facility is likely to have some modified visitation policies. Here in Arizona, where we can easily sit outside and distance ourselves from others in the facility, visitation is more likely. Speak with an administrator, about the possibility of bringing a meal to share with your loved one, in a safe environment.
Send Them Their Favorites
If you can’t bring your loved one home or visit them, send a care package with their favorite Thanksgiving meals. This may require that you cook the food a few days early. A taste of home will go a long way to making them feel loved – but don’t forget to add extra flowers, some chocolates, or any other special touch which will let them know you are thinking of them.
Set up a Video Call
Senior care homes are happy to assist residents with setting up calls and video conferences with their loved ones. Let Grandma be involved with your dinner virtually and enjoy all the stories and laughter. However you decide to approach Thanksgiving during these unprecedented times, remember to be grateful for these amazing loved ones. If you have plans on how to keep your senior loved ones from feeling lonely and isolated, call the facility and ask for us for advice.
At Arizona Assisted Living, we understand that it is difficult to be away from family during the holidays, and we are here to help.