Make the Most of Holiday Nursing Home Visits
The holidays are a time for joy, family, and sharing—but for nursing home residents, they can be a painful reminder of happier days. This holiday season, we at Pope & Howard, P.C. encourage friends and families of nursing home residents to make time to visit and enjoy time with their elder loved ones. To make the most of your visit, read our tips for planning the holiday for your loved one!
Planning Nursing Home Visits
Always call to check the visiting hours of your elder loved one’s nursing home before visiting. If you and your family are unable to visit during normal hours, be sure to contact the facility administrator beforehand. Although you may like the idea of surprising your loved one, it is important to schedule a visit that won’t interfere with meals, medications, or other planned activities.
Things to Do When Visiting a Nursing Home Resident
To make the most out of your holiday visit, you’ll also want to plan specific activities. Because nursing homes typically offer fun games and group activities that you can share with your elder loved one, it is often helpful to check with the administrator to see what events are available.
Other things to do while visiting a nursing home resident include:
- Watch a favorite television show together.
- Read to your elder loved one from a favorite book or magazine.
- Take a walk together.
- Write letters or holiday cards together.
Holiday Gifts for Nursing Home Residents
You can also help your elder loved one celebrate the holiday season with gifts of seasonal food or beverages—as long as he or she is able to eat it and it falls within the prescribed diet. (Again, it may be helpful to check with the nursing home to ensure that any consumables you bring will not interfere with medications.)
About Pope & Howard, P.C.
Founded by attorneys Geoff Pope and Marc Howard in 2005, Pope & Howard, P.C. is an Atlanta area law firm that specializes in nursing home negligence and abuse, tractor trailer accidents, construction site injuries, and other cases involving catastrophic person injury. If you noticesigns of nursing home negligence or abuse during your holiday visit, contact the experienced trial lawyers at Pope & Howard, P.C. at (866) 910-0642 to schedule a consultation.