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Festive Holiday Crafts for the Elderly

There are a multitude of holiday crafts that are inexpensive to make and provide a chance for families to get together to spend quality time with a senior loved one. Seniors may then proudly display the finished project in their homes and share them with family and friends. Here are some fun yet simple holiday crafts recommended by Orlando live-in home care providers.

Pipe-Cleaner Snowflakes

All that is needed to make these simple ornaments are white pipe cleaners and a pair of utility scissors. Cut the pipe cleaners into different sizes, then simply wrap and twist the wires around each other into the desired configurations. You may use needle-nose pliers to tighten the twists. The craft allows seniors to express themselves creatively while encouraging critical thinking and fine motor skills.

Homemade Garland

Supplies for this project include waxed dental floss, blunt cross stitch needles, cranberries, popcorn, and beads or a combination of easy-to-thread objects. Knot one end of the floss and thread the other. Insert the needle and slip items onto the floss in the desired lengths. This craft encourages hand-eye coordination and produces a lovely holiday garland to decorate your loved one’s home with.

Picture Ornaments

Thin wooden slices, craft glue, ribbon, lace and any other decorations are needed to make these tree trimmings that encourage facial recognition and memory. Drill a small hole in the top of each wooden slice and thread with ribbon, yarn, or similar material to create a loop. Trim photographs to size and glue to one side of the wood. The edges may then be embellished with lace for an additional touch of elegance.

Playdough Ornaments

Make or use conventional playdough for this project. Roll the dough to the desired thickness and cut with festive cookie cutters. Insert a needle and thread through the top of each ornament and tie the thread to form a loop. The ornaments may then be decorated with water-based paint, glue and glitter or other personalized touches. Allow the dough to dry and harden. Working the dough with their hands allows seniors to exercise dexterity.

The holidays are the time of year to let loved one’s know what they mean to you. Show your senior loved one you care by reaching out to compassionate home care Orlando families can trust. Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of at-home care in the Orlando area that offers flexible care schedules befitting seniors with different needs. Whether your loved one needs help with chores around the house or requires personal care assistance, our trained caregivers will be there. Call us today at (407) 232-7155 to learn more about our services and how we can help your senior loved one.