Senior Care Tips: Helping Your Aging Parents Host Thanksgiving


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Senior Care Tips: Helping Your Aging Parents Host Thanksgiving

Senior Care in Greens Farms, CT

Senior-Care-in-Greens-Farms-CTThanksgiving is a special time for families. This holiday is all about spending time with your loved ones, coming together to celebrate everything that you are thankful for, and reconnecting with the traditions that your family has treasured throughout the generations. For many families, one of these traditions is having the celebratory feast hosted at the grandparents' home. This is an opportunity for all of the siblings, their partners, and their children to come together in one meaningful location to enjoy reminiscing, reconnecting, and making memories. If you have recently started a senior care journey with your aging loved ones, however, hosting Thanksgiving dinner at their home this year may be more of a challenge.

Whether your seniors are coping with physical, medical, mobility, or cognitive limitations that are new or worsened since last year, these care needs may make the tasks of hosting the holiday more difficult. This does not mean, however, that you have to cancel your family tradition or try to relocate it to another home. With your help, your seniors can still enjoy their role as hosts for the holiday and get the mental and emotional benefits of spending time with their families during this special time of year.

Use these tips to help your aging parents host Thanksgiving dinner in their homes this year:

• Get help. If your seniors do not already have a senior health care services provider, now is the time to think about hiring one. Having a care provider in the home leading up to the holiday and then on the holiday itself offers you extra help, and gives your loved ones the care, assistance, and support they need to stay healthy, safe, and comfortable. This care provider can be an extra set of hands and eyes while you are focused on other tasks, can make sure your parents' needs are met when you are paying attention to guests, and can even support them while they manage tasks that are important to them during the holidays, such as cooking a particular dish or decorating the home.

• Host a potluck. Spending a day or two preparing a large family meal can be too strenuous for elderly adults who have physical, mobility, or cognitive limitations. Take some of this pressure off, and make your dinner table more interesting, by hosting a potluck. Encourage each guest to bring along a favorite holiday dish, or to bring the ingredients and prepare the dish the day of the meal. Let your parents focus on their favorite dish or two, and be sure to provide the main entrée, but allow the others to add the sides, salads, desserts, and other variety to the menu.

• Plan activities. Having a house full of guests with nothing to do and having that turn into the chaos of children running around and adults getting into debates may be something that every holiday movie depicts, but that sort of holiday can be overwhelming for seniors. Keep things calmer, and preserve their mental and emotional health, by planning activities for the guests to do. This can be as simple as having board games set up in a recreational room and a coloring table for the children, as long as there is something to direct their energy and attention.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Greens Farms, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

Jay Kiley
Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as a senior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the  five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife ,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing firsthand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family. 

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