Spending quality time with loved ones is a traditional part of the holiday season, and if you’re hosting older family members and friends, you may need to do some special preparation to keep them safe and happy. Many senior guests require safety considerations or have dietary restrictions and medical issues that necessitate a little extra attention. In order to ensure a wonderful holiday experience for the elders who are visiting your home, here are five steps for a safe and comfortable holiday for seniors:
1. Consider mobility equipment rentals
Businesses are required to offer accessibility to people with mobility issues, and you’ll want to do the same in your home. If you’re expecting a senior guest who uses a wheelchair, walker, or scooter, you can rent accessibility ramps for daily or weekly use. You can also rent patient lifts and hospital beds, and if wheelchairs or scooters are too cumbersome for your guests to bring from home, you can rent those as well.
2. Make basic safety modifications
Creating a safe environment for senior guests is one of the most important things you can do this holiday season, but you don’t have to resort to major modifications of your home. Simple safety checks will suffice, such as removing throw rugs, loose electrical cords, and clutter from walkways to prevent falls. Staircases should have handrails, and it’s also a good idea to ensure there is plenty of lighting in bedrooms, bathrooms, and main living areas to assist guests with diminished eyesight.
3. Incorporate dietary restrictions into the menu
Aside from allergies, many senior citizens have dietary restrictions related to medical or dental conditions. You don’t have to plan your entire holiday menu around such restrictions, but it’s nice to offer a few different options for seniors at each meal. Make it a point to find out what restrictions your guests have well in advance of their visit so you can plan and shop accordingly.
4. Offer a quiet respite
Mingling with loved ones is a treasured opportunity for seniors during the holidays, but sometimes the hustle and bustle can be a bit too much. Whether a senior guest is staying in your home or visiting for a specific event, make sure there is a quiet place they can escape to, like a den or bedroom with a comfortable chair, for some peace and rest if needed.
5. Give the gift of “you”
Planning holiday events and accommodating guests can be hectic, but it’s important to make time slow down a bit and relax—for your health and your relationships. Spend quality time with your older guests. Take the opportunity to enjoy their company, and give them the gift of yours, even if it means baking one fewer batch of cookies or delegating more tasks to other family members. You and your loved ones will cherish the new memories you create together.
Plan ahead for the perfect holiday celebration with seniors
If one of the items on your holiday to-do list is renting mobility equipment for a senior guest, Avondale HME is here to help. We can answer all your questions about equipment options to ensure you have everything you need to accommodate your parents, grandparents, and anyone else in need of a little extra support. We also offer affordable rental rates, so give us a call or fill out our contact form for more information.