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Help! I Need Christmas Activities for My Aging Parent

If your elderly mom or dad loves the Christmas season, you want to do everything you can to make it magical for them. As the family caregiver, however, you know that because of their physical or mental limitations, they may not be able to fully participate in many traditional winter holiday activities. It’s important, however, that they get as involved as they can. With the support of other family members, friends, and home care providers, your aging mom or dad can enjoy a warm and welcoming Christmas season.

Senior Activities at Home.

Home Care in Healdsburg CA: Christmas Activities for Seniors
Home Care in Healdsburg CA: Christmas Activities for Seniors

Sometimes the best activities and celebrations for Christmas take place at home. You can create an atmosphere of merriment by decorating your elderly mom or dad’s home or room and playing Christmas music. Seniors can also enjoy watching Christmas movies, baking cookies, and writing out their Christmas cards. Other at-home ideas include holiday crafts, homemade Christmas gifts, and sponsoring a child or family via a community charity. Home care providers can assist with any of these tasks as needed.

Senior Activities with Family and Friends.

Most elderly adults simply want to spend more time with friends and family during the Christmas season. It’s the perfect time to attend community events together, such as concerts, plays, tree-lighting ceremonies, and light displays. You can adapt the experience to suit your elderly mom or dad’s needs and abilities. Holiday shopping and a visit to a mall Santa Claus with the grandkids makes a nice outing, too. Family parties are also always fun for seniors, from potlucks and white elephant exchanges to ugly sweaters or cookie exchanges.

Senior Activities in the Community.

Many communities host events that are ideal for seniors to join in. Local senior centers often host community-centered parties for elderly citizens, often with food and entertainment. Veterans organizations, libraries, and other groups may also host senior-centered events. Volunteer opportunities are abundant during the Christmas season, so your aging loved one may feel inspired to help at a soup kitchen or food bank or create care packages for those in need.

No matter what level of activity your aging mom or dad has, they will certainly benefit from being involved in Christmas events with you, your family, friends, home care providers, and the community. Winter is often a sad and lonely time for aging adults, and they can experience a range of emotions. Give them the fun holiday experience they deserve by planning ahead. Spending quality time with your aging parents at Christmas is a wonderful way to enjoy good times and build new memories.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Healdsburg, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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