Home for the Holidays: Why the Holidays are One of the Best Times of Year at Senior Living Communities

Have your parents or grandparents been complaining about the winter season? Maybe they feel unsafe driving in the snow or are feeling anxious about all of the work that goes into hosting a family gathering.

Seniors can greatly benefit from a community atmosphere year-round. Living in a senior community is especially fun during the holidays, thanks to the celebrations and camaraderie that take place every day, including lively events, tasty meals and seasonal decorations.

While many think that another holiday at home is meaningful or sentimental, the reality is that the holidays can actually be lonely or challenging for many seniors, particularly if they don’t have family nearby. 

If you ask us, the holidays are the best time of year to live in a senior living community.

A joyful, active atmosphere for seniors

While the holiday season is cheerful for many, it can be isolating for seniors. Maybe your loved one recently lost a spouse, lives alone or you aren’t able to visit often. Short visits to see your parents or grandparents only during the holidays may not be enough socialization for them.

two senior women and a senior man smile near a table with Santa decorations

There are countless benefits to having an active social life during your golden years, including:

  • Improved wellness
  • Reduced risk of depression and anxiety
  • Enhanced self-esteem

Living at a senior living community can greatly improve the quality of life for seniors. Meeting new friends is easy because of close proximity and daily opportunities for interaction, such as classes, meals and entertainment. The holidays can once again be a joyful time surrounded by people and festive happenings.

None of the holiday hassle, all of the holiday spirit!

If your loved one is worried about decorating or cleaning their home during the holidays, a senior living community can provide a festive environment without the work. Our communities love to celebrate and you can bet the halls will be decked when the holiday season rolls around!

In a senior living community, your loved one won’t have to worry about climbing on the roof to hang up Christmas lights, dragging out boxes of decorations from the basement or shoveling the driveway when it snows. A senior community team takes care of all of these chores so your parents or grandparents can simply enjoy their retirement. 

Senior living residents also have access to services like housekeeping, courtesy transportation and professionally trained chefs. Common on-site community amenities, such as an activity center, courtyard and chapel, further enhance the quality of life.

The cost of living can even be more affordable because costs like utilities and meals are included in the monthly rent.

Seasonal activities and meals

senior woman smiles while hugging someone dressed up as Santa Claus

Senior living communities offer activities every day, ranging from bingo and homemade crafts to live entertainment and exercise classes. 

During the holidays, residents can participate in special activities like gingerbread house decorating, Christmas movie marathons and festive holiday crafts. Local Christmas carolers may even make a surprise visit!

In the dining hall, seniors can enjoy delicious and seasonal meals among neighbors, including all the traditional fixings. Many Sonida Senior Living communities have private dining rooms so seniors can host friends and family for a meal or holiday gathering.

Find a senior community near you

If your loved one is living alone this holiday season or seeking a simpler way of life, moving to a senior living community could be the answer to lifting their spirits and helping them find joy in the holiday season. Find a community near you.

If you’re looking for structure and community while aging in place, consider independent living, assisted living or memory care services. Contact us to schedule a tour or request more information about a community near you.

Young woman with senior grandfather in wheelchair indoors at home at Christmas
Young woman with senior grandfather in wheelchair indoors at home at Christmas

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If you’re a senior or caregiver looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care services for you or your loved one, contact us to schedule a tour or request information about a community near you.