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Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Holiday Outings for Seniors

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Holiday outings for seniors can be enjoyable and safe with these tips from CareFor.

The holiday season is loaded with get-togethers, celebrations, and parties. However, holiday outings for seniors may necessitate a little additional planning. Try these recommendations from the Austin senior home care specialists at CareFor to enjoy fun and relaxed outings with loved ones of all ages this season.

Before leaving the house, consider:

  • How much walking is required and whether or not there will be parking nearby
  • Whether the location is flat or has hills or steps to climb
  • Whether or not there is wheelchair access (if appropriate)
  • If there is cover and shade
  • Where the bathroom facilities are located
  • Whether there are seats available in the event the older adult wants to rest

Make sure to be prepared for a wide range of possible plan changes:

  • Have all necessary medicines available, and bring an additional supply, in the event the outing takes longer or takes an unexpected turn
  • Have appropriate clothes along with rain and sun protection 
  • Bring something to eat and drink with you, in case of a delay

Need some holiday outing suggestions that older adults will take pleasure in? Consider the following ideas:

  • Go for a relaxing family drive to see the area holiday lights
  • If possible and received warmly, invite the senior to your home to help decorate for the holidays
  • Bring the older adult to a holiday party at the local senior center
  • Go to community plays; in addition to the local ballet or theater, there are reasonably priced plays and shows put on by area schools

When planning any holiday outings for seniors, take plenty of time and create an environment that is relaxed to make sure your loved one is comfortable and happy. The Austin senior home care experts at CareFor can offer support by increasing a senior’s independence while providing high quality in-home caregiving over the course of the holiday season and all through the year! Call our dedicated senior care professionals at (512) 338-4533 to learn more. See the full list of communities we serve throughout Texas.

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