6 Tips For Decorating Your Care Home This Festive Season
Christmas is an important time for families and friends to relax and spend time together. However, the build-up can be stressful and confusing for those with illnesses like Alzheimer’s, leaving many carers feeling anxious before the big day. Take a look at our top tips on how to decorate your care home, and make Christmas as enjoyable and as stress-free as possible for your residents.
🎄 Introduce Christmas gradually. By slowly putting up decorations, introducing Christmas songs and talking about the festive season, this prevents a big sudden change to a resident’s usual setting, and eases them into the idea of Christmas without taking them out of their comfort zone.
🎄 Keep it simple. It’s easy for someone with Alzheimer’s to feel overwhelmed during the Christmas period, so its best to stick with low-key activities, and not to stray too far from their usual routine. Bright dazzling decorations, loud music and a change in routine can cause stress and confusion.
🎄 Keep it traditional. Memories can be aided by smell, touch and taste. Classic Christmas traditions such as cinnamon smells, stocking satsumas, and songs from the past can help to familiarise those suffering with Alzheimer’s, and help to bring back memories. Family members of residents could even be encouraged to bring in photo albums and pictures from past Christmases, to help jog their memory.
🎄 Create a safe space. Lots of guests and a change in routine can be stressful. For those who are uncomfortable with the change, or are feeling overwhelmed, make sure they have access to a quiet and calm area where they can relax and take time out.
🎄 Be mindful of food. Many see Christmas as a time for lots of treats and plates stacked high of food, but a full plate can be daunting for someone with difficulties eating. Try to be conscious of those that may struggle, and keep to smaller serving sizes.
🎄 Include residents in decorating. Writing cards, decorating the tree or making Christmas snowflakes can help to provide a sense of purpose for Alzheimer sufferers, and can help to focus on what they can do, instead of what they can’t do.
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