Holidays are a source of joy and kindness for people. Yet, those who have to stay indoors for hospice care in Los Angeles sometimes do not feel the holiday cheer because of a stressful or depressing environment. Hospice encourages patients to feel the joy of life and not let the stress take over, and hospice caregivers can help them with it by spreading the joy of holidays!
To bring a smile to hospice patients’ faces and help them celebrate holidays like other families, here are some things that hospice caregivers can do:
Decorating the place is the first step to ensuring everyone is in the holiday spirit. Hospice patients may not be in the mood to celebrate a holiday like Christmas, but caregivers can put up a Christmas tree and string a few lights to cheer up the place. It can help relieve stress and anxiety as the decorations bring nostalgic feelings.
Another way to have a jolly season is to bring Christmas for the hospice patients where they are. Whether it’s an assisted living facility or their home, some caroling can cheer up the patients and their families. It can also help them feel motivated to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.
The tradition of sending Christmas cards has been going on for a long time. As hospice caregivers, you can help the patients send Christmas cards to their extended family and friends. It can help them feel connected despite being away from most people they’ve known for years or decades.
If there are patients who do not have anyone to spend holidays with, hospice can prepare a Christmas movie night to bring everyone together and enjoy some classics like “Home Alone,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “A Christmas Story.”
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