How Families Can Safely Celebrate Thanksgiving with Senior Loved Ones in McKinney, TX and Surrounding Areas During the Pandemic
What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Here are some ways our in-home caregivers are helping elderly adults in McKinney, Allen, Plano, Frisco and surrounding areas in Collin County, TX enjoy the holiday during COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic will change the way families in Collin County celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Some events will be cancelled. Most gatherings will be smaller. Families may avoid travelling altogether. However, there are many ways to celebrate with senior family members while following safe health guidelines.
As always, you should wear masks, social distance and wash your hands often for added protection. If your senior loved one is choosing to celebrate in their own home this year, in-home caregivers from Visiting Angels McKinney can help keep them company and assist with preparing for the festivities.
We also recommend these safe yet enjoyable activities for families celebrating the holiday with their senior loved ones.
Make Thanksgiving Dinner Together
If you’ve determined it’s safe for your senior loved one to travel and your gathering is small, preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be fun for the whole family. Team up to make the mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Set the table together with festive glassware or napkins and have senior loved ones and kids in charge of a special place card or decoration. Enjoy working together and bonding over shared activities.
Consider preparing senior-friendly dishes, like nutritious foods that are easy to chew. Discuss dietary restrictions and have a list of ingredients ready for those with allergies or special diets.
If your senior loved one is staying home on Thanksgiving, consider hiring an in-home caregiver from Visiting Angels McKinney to assist with meal preparation. We can help prepare their favorite Thanksgiving foods, set the table, wash dishes and provide meaningful companionship before, during and after the meal.
Spend Quality Time with Your Loved Ones
If you were unable to visit earlier this year because of the pandemic, the holiday is a great time to catch up. You can spend Thanksgiving Day watching favorite movies, TV shows or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Reminiscing over past memories will bring multi-generation smiles, as children enjoy hearing stories about their parents and grandparents as youngsters. Try adult coloring books or a Thanksgiving craft. If your senior loved one enjoys being active and spending time outside, go for a walk around the neighborhood to get some fresh air.
Connect Digitally and Enjoy Virtual Events
If it’s too risky to see your loved one in person, you can connect by telephone call or video chat. If your loved one needs help using their phone, consider the Social Care program from Visiting Angels McKinney. Our in-home caregivers can teach your loved one how to call, text and FaceTime to stay in touch with friends and family over the holiday.
Many venues are offering virtual events, such as museum tours and live-streamed concerts to enjoy from the comfort of home. Be creative about safe activities. You could take in a show at your local drive-in theatre from the safety of your vehicle or take a drive to see holiday light displays.
To learn how our in-home caregivers are helping seniors in Collin County celebrate Thanksgiving and how we can help your loved one during this difficult time, call our McKinney, TX office at 214-491-1999.