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Safe Holiday Decorations to Help Seniors Celebrate the Season

December 14, 2023
A woman helps her elderly father put up safe holiday decorations.

The holiday season is a time of joy, warmth, and festive decorations that bring homes to life. For seniors, embracing the holiday spirit is essential for maintaining a positive outlook on life. However, safety should always be a top priority when decking the halls, especially for older individuals. It begins with choosing safe holiday decorations that can help seniors celebrate the season with enthusiasm and without compromising their well-being.

Lighting With Care

Twinkling lights are a hallmark of the holiday season, creating a magical ambiance. Opt for LED lights, as they emit less heat than traditional bulbs, reducing the risk of burns or fires. Ensure that all electrical cords are securely taped down to prevent tripping hazards, and consider using battery-operated lights for added safety.

Safer Ornaments

Choose lightweight and unbreakable ornaments to adorn the tree. Fragile glass or heavy ornaments can pose a risk if they fall, leading to injuries or accidents. Safer options allow for the tradition of decorating the tree to continue without worrying about harm.

Accessible Decorations

When arranging decorations, consider the mobility and accessibility of the space for seniors. Avoid placing items too high or too low, making it easy for them to enjoy the festive atmosphere without straining or risking falls. Arrange decorations in a way that enhances the holiday spirit while maintaining a safe environment.

Non-Toxic Greenery

If live greenery is part of your holiday decor, ensure it is non-toxic and pet-friendly. Some traditional holiday plants can be harmful if ingested. Choose safe alternatives like artificial plants or non-toxic varieties that won’t pose a threat.

Securing the Tree

If a live Christmas tree is part of the celebration, make sure it is securely placed in a stable tree stand. Anchor the tree to prevent accidental tipping, reducing the risk of injury. Regularly check the water level to keep the tree hydrated and less prone to becoming brittle, decreasing fire hazards.

Wise Candle Choices

Candles add a warm glow to holiday celebrations, but they can also be a fire hazard. Choose flameless LED candles to capture the ambiance without the risk of fire. If traditional candles are used, ensure they are placed in sturdy holders, away from flammable materials, and never leave them unattended.

Creating a festive and safe environment for seniors during the holiday season is a wonderful way to enhance their enjoyment of this special time. By incorporating these ideas for safe holiday decorations, you can ensure that your loved ones can celebrate the season with joy and peace of mind.

For more tips to brighten life for the older adults you love, reach out to Home Matters Caregiving. We’re always available to help, before, during and after the holidays.

Contact us at (800) 298-5140 for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help. To see if our services are available in your area, visit our Locations page.

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Tyler Williams

As an Area Owner and Operator of a Home Matters Caregiving franchise, I am committed to ensuring exceptional outcomes for our valued clients and caregivers. My passion for elevating our service quality is matched by my role as a blogger and social media manager for the franchise, where I share insights, updates, and foster community engagement. Prior to senior care, I used my strategic communication and brand development skills as the Marketing Director of a regional bank. My diverse experience supports my commitment to excellence and innovation in both healthcare and digital communication.
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