How to Include Your Senior For Thanksgiving

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For those seniors living at home, the holidays can both be a time of great pleasure and also of great stress. Some elderly parents or loved ones may worry that they will be left out of the family meal preparation or other traditions that might begin to become more difficult for them mentally or physically. This can cause them undue sadness and worry which can be prevented with a little effort and planning.

Despite your aging loved one requiring elderly care at home, there are ways that you and the rest of the family can include them for Thanksgiving this year such as:

Elderly Care Mt. Gilead OH - How to Include Your Senior For Thanksgiving

Elderly Care Mt. Gilead OH – How to Include Your Senior For Thanksgiving

Meal Prep

Your senior may not be able to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal like they use to, but you can probably find something that they can do to feel included in both the prep and conversation that happens around the chopping block. Can they toss the salad, arrange the rolls, or help stir ingredients together for one of the yummy side dishes? Think about how they can feel important and let them take part in the meal preparation so they can be included all around.

Give them an important job

Nothing makes seniors feel more loved and needed than giving them a special job that they can feel good about. Many seniors love taking care of people, so give them a small job or task that allows them to do just that. Choose a task that isn’t too labor-intensive but one that they will enjoy and can easily handle.

Ask them for input

Let your elderly parent or loved one have some input on your meal and plan for the day. If they are unable to physically be as involved as they like, letting them feel like they have a say in something can help. Ask them for a special Thanksgiving recipe they know or have them direct how you can dress the turkey the way that they like. Think about ways to involve them and to utilize the immense knowledge and experience they have to offer.

Seat them at the head of the table

Make your senior feel as valued as they are by giving them the seat at the head of the table. Even if this isn’t something typically done in your family in the past, start now! Seat them with an announcement that since they are the foundation of the family, their seat should reflect their importance in the family meal. Maybe even offer up a special toast to the head of the family on this special holiday.

Take pictures

Many families forget to include extended grandparents in family photos, and Thanksgiving is a great opportunity when the whole family is together to get some pictures that you can treasure forever. Before the meal, when everyone is gathered, take some time to get family pictures and place your senior in the center. But don’t leave the pictures on your phone forever! Make sure you get a copy made and give to them to display long after the meal ends.

If you are considering Elderly Care Services in Mt. Gilead OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.