How to Bring Cheer to Your Long-Term Care Patients This Holiday Season

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The holidays can be a lonely time for many people, especially those in long-term care facilities. Not only are these individuals not at home, but they may also not have family or can’t be with their family over the holidays. That’s where you come in. As a nurse or other healthcare professional, you can bring cheer to your long-term care patients over the holidays and help make this season a little brighter. Here’s how:

Do the little things.

The littlest things make the biggest difference this time of year, especially to long-term care patients who may not be expecting them. Decorate patient rooms with festive wreaths and bows; bring small holiday cards to your patients reminding them how important they are to you; wear some festive scrubs. These little touches help remind everyone of the joy of the holiday season and make it feel that much more like home.

Try aromatherapy.

One outside-the-box option for spreading holiday cheer this season is aromatherapy. Certain scents can influence the parts of the brain that control happiness and stress responses, and aromas can even affect sleep patterns, appetite, memory, and more. Seasonal scents are a great option, or classic smells like lavender, jasmine, or chamomile work as well. And you don’t need a formal aromatherapy set-up; simply ask patients if they might like a candle or essential oil dispenser in their room (if it’s safe).

Throw a holiday party.

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a holiday-themed party? Depending on what you’re able to do at your facility, you can host a small gathering, a large party, or something in between. For your patients, having something to look forward to makes all the difference. Plus, socializing with others is always a good thing for mental health. Of course, you’ll want to have plenty of good food—it's a staple of any great party.

Host a gift exchange.

Who doesn’t like a fun gift exchange? Even if your patients aren’t able to get out and purchase a gift for someone else, you can supply small items—gift cards, ornaments, candy, etc.— for them to exchange. Getting together and exchanging gifts is a great way to spread the holiday cheer, especially at a time when certain patients might not be able to do that with their own family members.

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Posted in General Healthcare on Nov 26, 2021