How to Have a Safe New Year’s Eve With Your Senior Citizen

Posted on: December 16th, 2016 by hhmin

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Once the holidays come to a close, we have about a week left to reflect on our year and usher in the New Year. While you’re planning your New Year’s Eve celebration, there are a few things you need to consider. Food, drinks, and entertainment usually consume the majority of a party planner’s thoughts. However, there are other things to take into consideration such as the comfort of your guests. If you plan to have guests that are older or live in an independent living community, there are a few things you might consider avoiding during your party.

Forget the Fireworks For Independent Living Communities

Bringing in the New Year usually involves shooting off fireworks and banging a few pots and pans together for added fun. If older guests are coming to your gathering, then consider forgoing the fireworks in favor of something that makes less noise and won’t unnerve any assisted living guests. A good alternative to fireworks are sparklers sold in most retailers offering New Year’s Eve party supplies.

Avoid Balloons That Could Cause a Fall

Blowing up traditional black, silver, and gold balloons for party decorations is a fun, simple way to decorate your home for a party. However, balloons that will float around on the floor or have long strings can be a tripping hazard for anyone, but especially seniors. If party balloons are a must, make sure they are filled with helium so they won’t be on the floor and keep their strings short to avoid any falls.

Offer Older Assisted Living Guests Alternatives to Alcohol

A glass of champagne to toast at midnight is tradition for many people. However, as people get older, alcohol may conflict with any medications they take or might simply make them feel sick. If you’re hosting senior citizens, consider serving sparkling cider or some other festive but non-alcoholic drink. Partaking in a celebratory toast is lots of fun for everyone and no one wants to feel left out because they aren’t drinking champagne.

Have a Wide-Variety of Music

A little party music is always nice to have playing in the background for any large gathering. For a party with multiple generations of people attending, play music from multiple decades to please everyone and get them involved. While younger people may enjoy more recent music hits, senior living guests will appreciate a few hits from their youth as well. Remember not to play the music too loudly as it can both some guests who are particularly sensitive to loud noises.

Join the Senior Living Community at Holly Hall in the New Year

Are you or your senior citizen looking for a new place to call home in the New Year? Look no further than Houston’s favorite senior living community! Take a tour of our beautiful property and see why so many residents enjoy living with us. Contact us today to learn more!