The holidays are a special time of the year that we all look forward to. We get to spend time with our loved ones, eat good food and enjoy each other's company. While this is a very special and exciting time, it’s important to gather safely, especially if you have elderly loved ones that are more susceptible to falls or have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and getting ill. That’s why we’re here with some safe ways to celebrate this holiday season.
If you are immunocompromised or unvaccinated, wearing a mask while in close quarters with others can help protect yourself and others. Even if you are vaccinated, it never hurts to wear a mask for extra protection and safety as this disease can still be spread, especially the Delta variant.
Rent a Larger Space
While gathering in your home may be a tradition for you, this year may be a good year to rent a larger area so people are able to have their space and spread out. This also will help keep elderly loved ones safer who use a mobility device or have a history of tripping and falling. More space allows for wider walkways giving everyone peace of mind when it comes to their safety.
Host a Virtual Party
While this may not be typical for you, it may be best for your loved ones. Some elderly loved ones who are in a home may not be able to venture out and this would include them, too! You could even do a virtual gift exchange or game to make things more fun for all.
Clear Your Pathways
Like we mentioned above, having a clear path for people to walk is vital. This means moving rugs, cords, décor and so on out of the way to reduce the chance of tripping and falling.
Celebrate in a Garage or Out Building
If your home is too small for a larger gathering, try extending it to a building outdoors or your garage. This allows you to still be together to mingle, but gives everyone space to do their own thing also!
We hope some of these ideas will help give you the inspiration you need to make your holiday gatherings as safe as possible, especially for your elderly loved ones. Just remember, if you are sick or were exposed to someone with COVID-19, everyone will understand if a holiday gathering needs to be moved, canceled or held virtually. Safety always comes first. Happy Holidays to all of you from ARC Network – stay safe!