Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, enjoy delicious food, and spend time with loved ones. If you are a resident of an assisted living community, or if you have a loved one who is, you may be wondering how to celebrate Thanksgiving. Rest assured, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday and make it memorable whether you live close to family or far apart. Here are some tips on how to celebrate and make the most out of Thanksgiving in assisted living.

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Assisted Living

Create a Festive Space

Get into the holiday spirit by hanging up some of your favorite fall and Thanksgiving-themed decorations. From garlands and wreaths to tablecloths and centerpieces, a little holiday cheer can go a long way. Try to incorporate items from past Thanksgiving that remind you of your favorite holiday memories.  

Enjoy a Special Thanksgiving Meal

Just because you’re not cooking a turkey doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast. If your family lives close by, make plans to join them for a special meal or talk to staff members/activities directors about hosting a potluck on campus with your family members in one of the gathering rooms.

Utilizing a gathering room on campus may depend on the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate, so please check with the campus directly to confirm availability and the current COVID-19 protocols. Learn more about our current COVID-19 policies and visitation guidelines here.

If your family lives far away, talk to the team members about joining your friends and team members for a meal on campus. 

Enjoy Community Events

Many assisted living facilities will host special Thanksgiving events and themed activities leading up to and on the holiday. This is a great way to meet new people and get involved in your assisted living community.

Nye Health Services team members are passionate about celebrating special events to ensure residents feel at home even if they are far away. Talk to the team members and check the activity calendar to ensure you know what special events are going on this holiday season.

Reminisce about past holiday memories

Holidays are the perfect time to revisit favorite memories. Old photos are a great way to remember happy Thanksgiving holiday memories. Bring old photos of your favorite memories if you are visiting a loved one. You’ll be surprised how remembering happy times can help spark conversation, even for loved ones suffering from dementia.

Celebrate Virtually

If you live far away from your loved one in assisted living, talk to them ahead of time about their plans. If they’re planning on attending any community events or having a mini-feast with other residents, let them know that you’re happy for them but will miss them. Just knowing that you’re thinking of them will help them feel connected to you and make the holiday special.

Schedule a video call

Technology has made it easier to stay in touch with loved ones who live far away. If you can’t be there in person, schedule a video call with your loved one on Thanksgiving day. You can catch up, chat about your plans for the day, and even share a meal together (virtually).

No matter how you choose to celebrate, Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all the wonderful things in our lives. From our families and friends to our homes and communities, there’s so much to be thankful for.

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