It may not feel like it, but the holidays are just around the proverbial corner.
Our senior loved ones have seen more holidays than most of us. From where they sit, the 2020 holiday season is shaping up to be one of the most miserable they will see in their lives.
Considering that 8 out of 10 COVID-19 deaths in the US have been adults 65 years old and up, many American seniors have found themselves increasingly isolated at home as a safety measure, with only their caregivers for company.
The residents of assisted living communities may be better off with the healthy planned lifestyle for seniors they have going there, but not spending the holidays with their loved ones will still bring on bouts of loneliness.
However, with the country slowly reopening after the initial surge of COVID-19, people are now planning to spend time with their families—its elderly members included—for the holidays.
If you have senior loved ones and you’re one of those entertaining the thought of a holiday gathering for your family, here are some tips to protect elderly parents and grandparents celebrating the holidays in the time of COVID-19.
Limit Gathering Size
We all know how different the 2020 holiday season is going to be with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging. So, forget about having a large gathering of relatives for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas.
Keep holiday celebrations with your elderly loved one limited to the immediate members of the family. Fewer people pose a reduced risk of spread between attendees, as social distancing measures will be easier to enforce than if your entire clan is in attendance.
Opt For An Outdoor Venue
If your parents or grandparents live in a house with an outdoor space, it would be best to hold your holiday party there. An open-air venue poses a lesser risk of infection compared to an indoor gathering.
However, if you have no choice but to hold the gathering indoors, make sure there is sufficient ventilation. Throw open all windows and doors, if possible.
Author Melissa Andrews