The holiday season is often a time to spend with family, friends, and loved ones, some we may not get to see regularly. However, this year, family gatherings present a risk, especially to older loved ones or those with pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t be too discouraged! There are still many ways to celebrate with loved ones while still working to stop the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe. Here are a few ideas for how to ring in the holidays safely in 2020:

Schedule a virtual gathering. Eat together, open presents, sing holiday carols, all without leaving your home! Arrange a time to gather in front of your computer screens and celebrate together. Plan your menu in advance, send food through delivery services, order gifts online for delivery, and celebrate with one another while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Send holiday spirit through the mail. Arrange a group to participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange by mail, gather your holiday favorites and mail them to your grandchildren, or celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas by sending gifts to your loved ones. Being separate doesn’t have to mean missing out on holiday fun.

Start a new tradition. Schedule a virtual movie night on the phone or video chat. Choose a new game or holiday puzzle to buy and send the same one to a friend so they can play along. Change up your holiday meal plan to try something new! Exchange recipes with friends and make their holiday favorites. 

These are just a few ideas to help you create wonderful memories with a little creative thinking this holiday season. Please remember, it is important to stay home and stay safe when you are able, especially if you are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Be sure to communicate your concerns and comfort level clearly with your loved ones as the holiday season approaches and plans begin to form. 

Seniors or caregivers with questions or in need of assistance while staying at home can contact CareWell Services at (269) 441-0930 to be connected with local resources and information to help them remain safe at home during the pandemic. CareWell wishes you a happy and safe holiday season!

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