5 Tips for Safe, Healthy Holidays with Your Elderly Loved Ones

November 23, 2013

There's no place like home for the holidays. When elderly relatives come to visit make sure your home is safe and inviting so everyone can enjoy the season in comfort. Lisa Kristosik, chief clinical officer for Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio offers these five tips for ensuring a safe, stress-free and healthy holiday for families entertaining elderly loved ones.

Safe and Healthy Holiday

Safety-proof your home to prevent falls and injury.
Inspect your home and remove fall hazards such as loose rugs or lamp and appliance wires that are in the way. De-clutter your rooms of excess furniture and adhere wires safely against baseboards. Most importantly, make sure all walking areas are level.

Rent, purchase or borrow equipment to meet their unique needs.
Consider bathroom aids like raised toilet seats, grips and handles, bath and shower seats and non-slip mats, or home support equipment like wheelchair ramps or walkers.

Prepare meals in line with dietary restrictions.
Ensure that your meal is universally acceptable for all guests or offer specially-made items for guests with different dietary needs.

Preserve traditions.
Involving elderly family members or guests in familiar traditions can be an enjoyable experience. For example, many people with moderate dementia or Alzheimer’s often surprise family members by rising to the rituals of a social occasion with an unexpected level of attention.

Get outside help.
The holidays are hectic enough -- give yourself the gift of peace of mind by enlisting the help of a home health care service. VNA of Ohio’s Home Assist™ provides a wide array of help essential for your loved ones to enjoy a comfortable and safe holiday in your home.

From caring for complex medical conditions to assisting with meals and transfers, VNA of Ohio Home Assist gives you and your loved ones peace of mind at the holidays.

Traveling with an elderly loved one this holiday season?
Check out 5 Tips for Holiday Traveling.

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