Posted by:  The Elder Law Department

Thanksgiving is a time for family and celebration. But when a member of your family requires elderly care and support, you might worry about whether they’re up to a big family event. We hope the following tips will help in making your Thanksgiving Day a more enjoyable and less stressful time for you and your family members.

Choose Senior-Friendly Foods
Thanksgiving is a time for feasting with friends and family. But older Americans often have more trouble eating, due to dental health, older taste buds, and chewing strength concerns. If a member of your family requires elderly care, it’s a good idea to build parts of your Thanksgiving dinner around what they can and can’t eat.

Consider making dishes that are easy to chew and gentle on those with dentures. Also, try to cut back on salt in favor of other seasonings. And if your loved one has a Thanksgiving favorite that they might have issues chewing — such as turkey — you can help by cutting their food into manageable pieces.

Make Traveling Easier
If you need to travel long distances with an elderly loved one this Thanksgiving, take steps to make sure their ride is a comfortable one. Seniors are often more sensitive and susceptible to cold, so if you’re driving and the weather’s a little frosty, consider bringing a blanket. You might want to make sure they are comfortable by offering a support cushion to help with their posture.

Also, make sure you’ve packed any medications that your loved one might need while away from home.

Schedule Professional Elderly Care
Most elderly care agencies keep caregivers available throughout the year, including over holidays like Thanksgiving. If you think that your loved one would benefit from having an elderly care provider with them for the holiday, speak with their agency about scheduling care. Having a professional caregiver around for Thanksgiving can help you ensure your loved one is looked after, giving you the chance to spend your day enjoying your time with the whole family.

Get them Involved!
They’ll be thrilled to contribute, and you get some assistance at the same time. There are all sorts of side dishes that don’t involve any cooking at all. Set the ingredients out on the counter along with the recipe. Let them be in charge of mixing up the side so that it’s ready to serve at dinner time.

You can also invite them to set the table. They may want to put their own spin on setting the table, complete with some fall-inspired decorations. They might remember a way that they used to fold cloth napkins, or they may have a specific way to set the wine glasses and all of the silverware. Plus, they get to take credit for how great it looks when everyone takes a seat.

Our firm is dedicated to helping our clients and their loved ones work through issues and implement sound legal planning to address them. If we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (630) 221-1755.