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KellyGram – Home for the Holidays


There’s no place like home for the holidays, and many of us will soon be making our way back to our respective hometowns to celebrate with friends and family. But for our loved ones residing in nursing homes, the holiday season isn’t always merry and bright, and it can even induce feelings of loneliness. So while it’s important to stay connected with our loved ones in long-term care facilities year-round, it’s especially true this time of year. If you’re wondering how to incorporate your elders into your holiday plans, here are a few ways you can help make the nursing home feel much more like “home” this Christmas:

  • Bring your loved one a traditional, homemade meal.
  • Watch a holiday movie together.
  • Help your loved ones prepare and send holiday cards, and collect cards addressed to them from friends and family members to remind your loved one that others are thinking of them.
  • Bring photo albums, home videos, and other happy reminders of cherished memories.
  • Show up with a deck of cards or your loved one’s favorite board game and offer to play with them.

It’s important to check with the facility to make sure your planned festivities are permitted, but even if you run into obstacles, the best way to help your senior friend or family member feel included and loved this holiday is to simply spend quality time with them. Make a point to actively listen when your loved one wants to talk, and engage them in honest and meaningful conversation. Let them know that they have been—and still are—an important part of your life and your holiday traditions.

The holidays also provide an opportunity to observe the nursing home facility and caregivers to ensure that your beloved resident is receiving appropriate attention and care. Sadly, instances of nursing home neglect and abuse are far too common, and it’s important to look out for the warning signs. Pay attention to how the staff interacts with the residents, and don’t dismiss any reservations or discomfort your loved might have with certain staff members. Talk to management about matters you find worrisome—like bruises, welts, scrapes, bedsores, or noticeable behavioral changes—and don’t settle for evasive responses. If your concerns persist, report the suspected abuse to local authorities, and call Mike Kelly Law Group or counsel with any questions you have about the legal rights and remedies available to your loved one.



Mike Kelly