How To Plan for the Holidays in an Assisted Living Community

Home For the Holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time for people in assisted living communities. It’s easy to isolate yourself from friends and family, especially as the seasons shift to the cold and dark of winter. But we contend that winter, and especially Christmas, can give way to one of the most wonderful times of the year.


Follow our tips for hosting your own assisted living Christmas party, as well as a list of assisted living holiday activities.


Plan Ahead

One of the biggest mistakes you can make during the holiday season is not planning. The holidays are a big time of year for traveling and coordinated plans. Sometimes these events are scheduled months in advance. So, the sooner you start planning your own little assisted living Christmas party, the better.


If you are a resident, make sure to contact any friends or family ahead of time and set a date. If you are planning for a loved one, you’ll need to coordinate with the event’s attendees on a time. Make sure to include the persons in assisted living as well. Community residents can have busy schedules of their own including hobbies, time with friends, or even attending events.


You should also consider things like activities, space, and capacity for your gathering. Assisted living facilities have a wide array of supportive services, make sure you use them.


Tap Into the Community

Residential assisted living communities often schedule their own events to celebrate another year with happy residents. If you don’t have the time or means to schedule your own party, see if the community is having something similar. This can be a good time for your resident to introduce you to the friends they have made while living there.


You can also use the community to assist you with planning. Feel free to call and ask if there are any resources you can use to make your party a hit.


Assisted Living Holiday Activities

Now that you know how to plan, here are some example activities to make your party a success. Assisted Living Holiday Activities include:

  • Gingerbread Houses
  • Decorating Wreaths
  • Movie Night
  • Making Ornaments
  • Making Snowmen and Snow angels
  • Baking Holiday Treats
  • Hosting Christmas Dinner
  • And Many, Many More


We hope your holiday party is a huge win for you and your resident. Be sure to contact us for any help you need while planning time at Good Shepherd. To reach someone today, send us a message.

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