Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely With Older Loved Ones
Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays for connecting with loved ones over delicious food. It’s a great time to visit or pick up your senior loved one for the day while reminiscing over fond memories and all you are grateful for.
But this year, Thanksgiving, like much of the rest of 2020, will have to look a little bit different.
Many states still have COVID-19 restrictions in place, including specific restrictions regarding retirement and independent communities and assisted living communities. State restrictions call for alterations to just about any public activity, but the senior living restrictions are especially impactful to seniors. For example, most older adults living in these communities may be unable to have visitors or leave to celebrate this Thanksgiving.
Even if you cannot visit your older loved one as you typically would, there are still ways to fill their heart and celebrate Thanksgiving in a safe way.
The vast majority of states are allowing outdoor visits to senior living facilities. To check the regulations in your state, you can head to this map provided by the AARP. While most indoor visits are limited to compassionate care only, many states are allowing family and/or friends to set up socially distanced outdoor visits. While this still means you will not be able to hug or hold your older loved one, you could still see them in person, catch up and deliver a small gift.
For those that live in warmer states, outdoor visits are an especially great option for celebrating Thanksgiving during COVID-19.
Just because your older loved one cannot physically join you at the dinner table this year does not mean they can’t be part of the celebration. With modern technology, it’s easier than ever to join in virtually from a distance. Of course, they won’t just want to watch you enjoy all of the delicious Thanksgiving food! If their senior living community allows it, you could drop off a plate for them. Otherwise, you could order a similar meal from a local restaurant and have it delivered to them. Even if the facility does not allow outside food, most try to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal for residents.
Send a Gift
Thanksgiving is not typically a holiday associated with an abundance of gift-giving, but in these circumstances, it may be a nice touch. If your older loved one is not able to join you for Thanksgiving, remind them that they are loved and in your heart with a small gift. Including a few photos and handwritten notes will go a long way in making them feel like they are celebrating with you.
Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, but it can still be a fun, heart-warming holiday. Remember to follow the CDC guidelines to assess the risk of your holiday plans and ensure that you and your older loved ones are as safe as possible.
Whether you need help finding a safer living option for an older adult or you need support after, CarePatrol is always here to help. Give us a call anytime at 866-560-5656.