Keeping seniors entertained during the holidays is fun and easy if they enjoy making crafts. Just in time for Christmas, Waterloo, ON, in-home care experts have put together a list of 5 crafts your elderly loved one can create this year.
1. Holiday Apron
Gather some fabric scraps or a premade apron, and encourage your loved one to decorate it for the holidays. Your loved one can use craft paint or cut strips of ribbon into varying lengths and glue them down to make a Christmas tree, and he or she can make matching aprons for the grandchildren that will add an extra special touch of fun to the holiday gathering.
2. Memory Ball Ornaments
Clear plastic ornaments and some strips of wrapping paper are all your loved one needs to make this cheerful craft. Have your loved one write down his or her favorite holiday memories on the strips of paper, then place them into the ornament. Not only can this become a cherished family heirloom, but it also encourages your loved one to focus on making more positive memories to add in the future.
3. Egg Carton Wreath
Many holiday crafts are budget-friendly when seniors begin to repurpose old items from their home. Egg cartons can be transformed into wreaths by cutting the cardboard cups into flowers. Your loved one can paint them red and add sparkly glitter and ribbons. He or she will enjoy hanging the wreath on the door, and cutting and gluing can strengthen his or her hand dexterity.
4. Orange and Cinnamon Stick Ornaments
This craft takes a little preparation because the orange slices need to be dried for several hours in an oven set at a low temperature. However, the rest of the project is simple because it only involves using pretty twine to tie the orange slices to the cinnamon sticks. Once the ornaments are hung on the tree, your loved one can enjoy the memories that flow every time he or she catches the scent of the holidays.
5. Clothespin Ornaments
Many seniors enjoyed making this classic craft as a child, and it may bring back fond memories of their childhood. Set out peg-style clothespins along with paint, scraps of fabric, and glue. Your loved one can turn the clothespins into snowmen, reindeer, and other holiday characters and use them to decorate his or her tree.
Making crafts can be a fun social activity as well, which can be done with family members or a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of respite and live-in care Waterloo, ON, seniors can count on, all of our caregivers are licensed, bonded, and insured, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts. Learn more about our high-quality at-home care in KW by calling (289) 795-0297 today.