For our residents and their families, this year has been incredibly difficult. Regular visits have been interrupted as public health policies limit gatherings in long term care homes and retirement residences. Revera’s recreation teams have worked incredibly hard under very difficult circumstances to keep families connected as best as possible through virtual gatherings, surprise window visits and celebrating personal milestones with residents when families weren’t able be there.
It is a privilege and a great responsibility to serve seniors. When Revera’s recreation teams create programs and activities, they are based on our Wellness Model. Reflecting and respecting the wants and needs of the residents. Our goal is to fully engage all six dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, social, community engagement, emotional and spiritual, helping to create a balanced approach to meeting the needs of our residents. The focus is on the whole person, where needs, interests and abilities are connected with body, mind and spirit.
The holidays this year will be particularly hard on families with mandates to gather in smaller ‘bubbles’ and in many cases, this could also mean being apart. So, we came up with a list of gift ideas that can help our residents and families feel the spirit of the Holidays. When buying gifts for your loved ones, remember to consider their lived experiences, the things they are passionate about, their needs, as well as their skills and the hobbies they’ve enjoyed throughout their lives. Remember the importance of providing the personal touches that only family can give to create a personalized environment for your loved one. This is especially true if your family member lives in a long term care home or retirement residence.
- Soft, warm blankets in their favourite colour or logo of their favourite sports team
- Shadow boxes filled with mementos from their life
- Artwork to hang on their walls from some of their favourite places
- Window bird feeders, for residents or family members who live on lower floors
- Stained glass, crystal sun catchers or other decorations to hang in front of a window
- A spa-inspired basket full of hand creams, nail polish, face masks and other personal treats
- Essential oil diffusers
- Puzzles and trivia books and games
- Books or audio books, consider short stories for family members with cognitive challenges
- Arts and crafts materials (paints, brushes, yarn, knitting needles, etc.)
- Artificial flowers can bring in a pop of colour (and no need to water them)
There’s no question that this year’s Holidays will look different from previous years. But with a few personal and thoughtful gifts we can ensure that the people we care for know how much we love them – even if we can’t be together.