Celebrating the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa is a gift in itself. Many people aren't able to celebrate with their grandparents because they live far apart, or because of health considerations. At Newton Health Care Center, residents look forward to visits from family and friends during the holidays.
"Many of our residents love to receive clothing, blankets, puzzle books, and knick-knacks for their room," said Katie Kuhn, Community Liaison Director for Newton Health Care Center. "Some enjoy trying new lotions and other skin care products, and many like receiving their favorite snacks."
Some residents prefer to simply spend time with their loved ones. "For families who have elderly relatives and friends in a facility, we encourage them to visit as often as possible year-round, but especially during the holiday season," added Kuhn. "If the facility is hosting a Christmas or Hanukkah party, try to attend it, as it will mean so much to the resident. If distance doesn't allow for a visit, you can certainly mail a gift and call them on the phone during the holiday season."
Newton Health Care Center is partnering with Home Instead for their Santa For Seniors Program, which allows community businesses to help provide gifts for residents who may not have any family, or don't have family nearby. "We also throw a Christmas party in early December, and invite residents' families to attend," added Kuhn. "Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance, and we offer holiday desserts and refreshments. For the residents who stay in their rooms, Santa visits them and gives them gifts."
Newton Health Care Center also prepares a Secret Santa Tree in December. "All residents' names are put on the tree, and family members and staff are encouraged to pick a name and purchase a gift. We ensure that each resident receives a present for the holidays."
For more information about Newton Healthcare Center, please contact:
Newton Health Care Center
200 S. 8th Ave. East
Newton, IA 50208