Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for celebration, gratitude, and reflection, especially among the Christian community. At Holly Hall we believe that your loved one deserves to have the best experience at our community year-round, but there are always ways to make events like the holidays extra special.
Here are some of our favorite ideas for you to incorporate Thanksgiving festivities with your loved one in a senior living community.
Have a Recipe Competition
What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Thanksgiving? If you said ‘the food’ then you are not wrong. From fried turkey to different styles of stuffing, families of different cultures have numerous ways of cooking their Thanksgiving feast.
This year, try to make a game out of Thanksgiving with your loved one in assisted living. Since there is always room for leftovers after the table has been cleared, encourage two different styles of the same dish by different members of your family.
Your loved one will be encouraged to think back on their traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and be able to provide some input on what would make the perfect Thanksgiving dish.
Make a ‘Thankful Tree’
There are Halloween trees and there are Christmas trees; so why not a Thanksgiving tree? By purchasing a small plant that can look beautiful in your loved one’s room, you can have the beginnings of a Thankful Tree. The decorations on the tree will be pieces of paper that have things that your loved one and your family are thankful for this Thanksgiving. If your tree is big enough, feel free to take the thankfulness outside. Walk around the community with your loved one and have their friends write down the things that they are thankful for.
Have a Thanksgiving Celebration
Although this may seem like an obvious choice for the holiday, there are ways to make your Thanksgiving celebration a unique one at Holly Hall. While preparing for the big day, sit down with your loved one and make specialty Thanksgiving place cards.
Encourage your loved one to invite other members of the senior living community to enjoy Thanksgiving with you and your family. Being in an assisted living community never means that you have to give up the traditions you love. By continuing traditions, and keeping up an attitude that is aligned with the warm season, you can make this Thanksgiving one to remember.
Holly Hall Senior Living Makes a Home for Your Holidays
If you are preparing for your first Thanksgiving with your loved one at their senior living community, let the staff at Holly Hall help make your holiday a special one. Call us today with any questions that you have regarding our visitor policies.
Also, if you are in the situation where your family member or loved one may be prepared to enter into an assisted living community in the Houston area, reach out to us today to set up a visiting appointment to walk our community grounds.