Home Instead offers advice on hosting older relatives at Christmas

Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care has compiled a list of advice on how to make older guests comfortable this Christmas.

The care provider, founded in 1994, has a presence in 14 different countries, focusing on home care over care homes.

Its first suggestion is to make the guest’s visit a multi-sensory experience. Home Instead says scented candles, old photographs and classic Christmas songs are all strong ideas.

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Strongly flavoured food is its next tip, as our taste buds decrease with age. Home Instead adds that plates without patterns are a better idea for those with dementia, as patterns can prove confusing.

Including older family members in traditional board games, allowing them a quiet area in which to rest if they get tired, and not overwhelming them with food or activities are other tips.

Martin Jones, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care, said: “A change in environment can be disconcerting, especially for an older person who is used to their home comforts.

“We hope these tips will help families to step into the shoes of their loved ones over Christmas to make sure they can be as comfortable as possible. And if it’s too much for an older person to leave their home, then you can always bring Christmas to them.”

Home Instead’s advice comes after news yesterday that there are as many as 1.4m lonely older people in England. Dementia UK says that loneliness can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Read more below:

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