The holiday season is upon us, but it will be very different this year than in years past.

Many COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States. As a result, doctors recommend keeping holiday celebrations to a minimum. Senior citizens are at the greatest risk from this infectious disease. Therefore, it is important to make every effort to prevent them from contracting the disease.

It’s not always possible to visit their home or spend extended time with them. This holiday season, it’s important to make sure you’re checking in on your senior loved ones. These are the important things to ask and keep in mind as you communicate with seniors, whether you’re visiting their senior living facility or just chatting over video.

Changes in physical appearance:

These changes are usually the easiest to notice. Have you noticed a change in your mother’s appearance (e.g. Are you experiencing weight loss, hair discoloration, or stained clothes? Is your father having difficulty walking? Is your loved one prone to forgetfulness, memory loss, or difficulty walking? You may not be able to see your loved one in person this holiday season.

Emotional changes:

Seniors are more likely to experience depression during the holidays. Is your loved one withdrawing from holiday traditions like community events or church services? Are you or your loved one more likely to drink or sleep too much?

Transport needs:

Does your parent still drive and can they do so safely? Check for any recent damage to their vehicle. Are there other routes they can take to get to the pharmacy and grocery store if the roads are icy? Is there a reliable transport service that can take your loved one to the grocery store and pharmacy if they are unable to drive? You might consider outsourcing some of these tasks.

Your family may be unable to attend the in-person celebrations. Make sure that you’re still interacting with seniors and your parents in any way possible during this time. No matter your age, the absence of family can have an emotional impact. Talking to your parents and other caregivers is important if you notice any changes in their behavior or believe they are changing. Do not delay the conversation. The sooner you start the conversation, the better your options to be in a senior living community.

This blog post will give you the information you need to make an informed decision about senior living. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to (410)-498-6090.