You’ve reached us outside of our opening hours. Book a free telephone consultation and one of our care planning experts will give you a call whenever is convenient for you.

Five fun festive things to do indoors with your loved one this Christmas

The winter holidays are nearly here and, for many of us, that usually means seeing lots of friends and family. For obvious reasons, it might not be quite the same this year. While 2020 has no doubt been tough, that doesn’t mean we have to let the pandemic ruin Christmas too.

It’s all about embracing a new reality. Yes, things might not be quite the same as normal, but that doesn’t mean you and your loved one can’t have a great time.

Whether you’re caring for your loved one, or you have a professional carer in place, we’ve come up with five festive activities that you and your loved one can do that are sure to put a smile on their face.  

1. Reminisce about the past

It wouldn’t be Christmas without reaching for the photo album

For most of us, Christmas is all about remembering the past. Everyone loves to reminisce about the good old days so looking through old photo albums, listening to classic holiday tunes, and encouraging them to tell stories from the past is a brilliant activity to take a trip down memory lane. Sharing memories can be moving and engaging for elderly people and it’s a great way to pass down family stories and holiday traditions to younger generations. It’s also a powerful therapy for those living with dementia.

2. Make a gingerbread house

You might not get to this level, but here’s to trying

If your loved one is a food fanatic, decorating a gingerbread house is a must, and if grandchildren are involved – even better. This is a terrific bonding activity, really brings out your creative side and is sure to make for cherishable pictures. Gingerbread house kits are available in almost every local supermarket this time of year, so they shouldn’t be too hard to find, or you can even build your own by pasting gingernut biscuits together with icing.

3. Indoor gardening

Doing something as simple as potting plants can be an engaging activity

Winter weather might keep your loved one from spending time in the yard, but they can still enjoy gardening indoors with seasonal plants such as the amaryllis they even come in different colours. Growing into large magnificent blooms over several weeks, you can get bigger daily, making it an easy and fun activity for seniors to enjoy. For a seasonal touch, why not try decorating with festive finishes?

4. Put up Christmas decorations

Maybe even get your furry friend to join in

Now, it’s no secret that everyone decorates their house at Christmas – or at least the Christmas tree. But why not make into a bit of an event? This is a brilliant activity to do together. Get the box out of the loft and work as a team to create the perfect atmosphere, And the fun can last a while. Even once the setup has finished, there are always tweaks to be made. If their mobility is limited, your loved one can still participate by helping unwrap ornaments or deciding on the placement of pieces. If your loved one lives alone, you can even get the family together and bring a tree and decorations over to their house.

5. Preparing holiday meals together

Sprouts or not sprouts? That is the question

The holidays are usually a time for hosting friends and family, even though that may not be happening so much this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t put on a spread. Cooking or preparing special meals together is not only a really engaging bonding activity, it’s an opportunity to bring back those flavours of Christmas past. You can potentially cook a new dish every day, whether it’s sweet such as sticky toffee pudding or savoury like ham and turkey there are lots of scrumptious recipes to be made. The best part isn’t only watching your guest feast on your creations but feasting on them yourself.

These are just some of the amazing activities that you can sink your teeth into, let us know what you get up to with your loved ones during the winter holidays by commenting on our post on Facebook.

Looking Back Together: Transforming Reminiscence for Older People and Those Living with Dementia

The Elder Interview Looking Back Together: Transforming…

What Dementia Has Taught Wendy Mitchell: Why She is No Longer Afraid

The Elder Interview What Dementia Has Taught…

Paying for care