Can you believe it’s December already?! We’re all busy putting up our decorations and finishing our Christmas shopping. But, amongst all the Christmas madness, we need to make sure that everyone feels included. After all, Christmas is a time for togetherness and celebration!
Holidays can be a tough time of year for anyone who lives alone, without family or friends or needs caring for. This can be especially true for seniors who are vulnerable to depression or have mobility issues. Recent research as suggested that as many as 450,000 elderly people spend Christmas alone in the UK.
Simple gestures can make someone with mobility issues feel loved this Christmas
However, with a little planning and some slight changes from Christmas traditions, you can help make a loved one’s Christmas special this year.
There are many things you can incorporate into your home care or general lives to make the holidays fun and enjoyable for a loved one or client who needs care or have mobility issues. Below are some of the best ways you can do this.
Christmas gifts don’t need to be ellaborate or expensive at all. But a small and thoughtful gift can mean the world to anyone. This could be as simple as a gift card to a supermarket, a fruit basket, a movie or a new book. It’s a thoughful way to make a loved one or client feel loved.
Cards are inexpensive and a great way to let someone know you are thinking about them. If you’re a friend or family member, get other friends and family members to write a thoughtful message inside. If you give professional care, why not get all staff members to sign the card and wish them well. Christmas cards are an easy way to wish someone happy Christmas and can make a world of a difference.
When someone is lonely at Christmas, an activity can take someone’s mind off this. Some simple things to do this festive season are make a cake or gingerbread house, arrange flowers, put up and decorate a tree or even simply read them their favourite Christmas story or watch their favourite Christmas movie.
Activities at Christmas can help take someone mind off being alone at Christmas. When someone has mobility restrictions, there are still so many things you can do.
4. Reach out to family
A thoughtful way to make someone feel loved and included at Christmas is a visit from a family member or close friend. Try getting in contact with someone who could pay them a visit around Christmas, or even try and arrange a video or phone call for people who can’t make it. Contact at Christmas is far more powerful than buying a gift.
Christmas is a time for family and friends to come together and be thankful for what we have. Many loved ones or patients who need care and assistance in their day-to-day lives can feel included at Christmas time with small gestures such as these. Use this special time of year to reach out to a loved one or go the extra mile for a patient, it can make a huge difference.
At Life Mobility, we exist to make sure that people living with a disability are able to lead an independent lifestyle. We understand that each person’s needs are unique and require a unique solution. You can view our range of mobility products, or contact us for assistance.