If you or a friend or family member is stuck at the hospital during the holidays, it can be hard to celebrate. To help, we’ve compiled some tips to make a holiday hospital stay feel a bit more festive. 🎄
Decorate the room
Decorating the hospital room can do a lot to cheer up both the patient and their family. You can start a wall of holiday cards, bring in a mini Christmas tree, or maybe even hang some lights. Making decorations is also great to keep kids distracted during what might be a difficult time. Personalize the decorations based on the person, to make them feel extra special.
Keep traditions alive
Holiday traditions are very important to many people. Although, it may be difficult to keep all of your holiday traditions at the hospital, try and keep as many going as you can. You can change them a bit to make sure they work for the situation. For instance, if your family usually hangs stockings over the fireplace at Christmas, maybe this year you can hang them at the end of the hospital bed instead. Remember to stay positive even if changing the traditions feels difficult.
Have a festive meal
Bringing a festive meal to the hospital can be a great way to keep up the holiday spirit. Remember, even if they can’t have everything from their traditional holiday meal, it’s likely that they will be able to have something. At the very least, you can bring in holiday plates, napkins, and cutlery to boost the festivity. Always be sure to check with the patient’s health care team to make sure they are able to eat what you are bringing.
Embrace the festive spirit
Embracing the festive spirit by playing holiday music and watching holiday movies can be a great way to cheer up patients and families. So make a playlist and get ready to watch all of your holiday favourites together. After all, the most important part of the holiday season is spending time with those you love.
Bring presents that remind them of home
Choosing gifts that remind patients of home is a great way to help cheer them up during the holidays. For instance, you could give them a Giftgown printed with a photo of their favourite pet or holiday memory—something that makes them smile. That way, they’ll feel a little closer to home, even during their hospital stay.
We hope this list helps makes your holidays a little bit brighter.✨