For those on hospice, or with a loved one on hospice, the holidays can be difficult. Some holiday traditions will look different, and some may be omitted. Because of this, hospice patients may feel isolated around the holidays. We would like to take a moment to share some things you can do with a loved one to keep the holiday spirit up and make them feel included.
1. Bring The Events To Them:
Consider scheduling a visit to the hospice facility, or invite family to their home so that they may find comfort in being surrounded by family. Most hospice patients cannot travel, so bringing the holidays to them is key! Always be sure to check with your loved ones first, just in case a social gathering sparks health concerns. Hospices may limit the number of visitors, especially during a pandemic, so reaching out and scheduling ahead is key.
2. Holiday Home Activities:
Assist your loved one with some favorite holiday activities from the comfort of home. Help them decorate their space, write holiday cards and letters, watch holiday films together. Even something as simple as listening to their favorite holiday music can be very therapeutic. Activities that aren’t too strenuous are always great options!
3. Bake Them Treats:
Baking treats is a common holiday tradition and one that hospice patients may have trouble taking part in. Consider doing some holiday baking in their home where they can enjoy your presence and join in if they’re able. Even if they can’t eat much themselves, the smell of baking may be comforting for them. This is a great time to share heirloom recipes or to try out some new ideas. If they don’t currently live at home, bring the baked goods to them and enough to share. Top It off by eating the treats together during a cozy visit!
4. Reminisce Together:
Sharing stories and experiences is one of the best ways to bond with your loved one. Spend some time looking through old photos, sharing past holiday memories, and discussing favorite traditions. This is the perfect time for your loved one to tell stories you may have not heard before.
Remember to adjust your expectations and allow time for rest. Sometimes simply being present can make all the difference. We hope these ideas inspire you to spread holiday cheer, and help you make some warm memories with your loved ones on hospice. Happy Holidays to you and yours, from your friends at MedCure.