4 Ways to Celebrate the Festive Season with Your Loved One in a CCRC
Celebrating the holidays is one of the highlights on anyone’s calendar! And, that doesn’t change simply because your parents are in a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community)! Here are four tips on how to bring the festivities home to your loved one, from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey:
- Chat with Your Loved One – First, set some time aside to talk with your loved one about what their plans are for the festive season and what they’d like to do. This is a great way to get them involved rather than making them feel like they don’t have any control. Remember, they’ve been used to planning their holiday season for many years. So, they also might have some great ideas you haven’t thought of!
- Try to Spend the Season Nearby – Not all of us are fortunate enough to live close to our loved one’s CCRC or assisted living community, but the festive season is the perfect time to book a holiday nearby. You can bring the family together at the home of a nearby relative or book an Airbnb. This will make your family gathering feel truly festive and filled with the holiday spirit. It also makes it easier to visit your loved one at the CCRC or collect them for different family events.
- Spend Time at the CCRC or Assisted Living Community – This is your loved one’s new home and where they’ve put down new roots, so it’s a good idea to spend some time with them at their residence. You can meet the associates and their new friends, as well as explore the grounds and attractions. You’ll be impressed at how most communities go all-out for the holiday season and fill the community with decor, festive cheer, and family-friendly events you’ll all enjoy!
It’s also a great idea to have a little event of your own decorating your loved one’s apartment just like you used to. Put up a Christmas tree and festive lights, turn on the carols, bake holiday cookies together, and watch a movie – just like old times!
- Look on the Local Calendar – The holiday season is filled with great events for all ages, so take a look at local newspapers, community boards, and Facebook groups to find out what’s on. Look out for festive season classics like productions of The Nutcracker and carols by candlelight, and take a trip into the city to see the lights. Invite some of your loved one’s friends along to make it even more fun, especially if they don’t have family nearby.
Senior Care that Sets the Standard – Visit Our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey
Bristol Glen is a CCRC and assisted living community based in Sussex County. We aim to provide our seniors with comfortable, serviced living arrangements that free up their time to enjoy life. Founded on a philosophy of aging in place, our continuing care retirement community residents enjoy a less restrictive care model where they do not have to move from their residential apartment to access additional services as their needs change.