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The key to reducing stress at Christmas time is to get organised and plan ahead!
Here are some tips to help you make the most of the festive season.
Organise a Christmas Raffle
Raise money for your activities fund by holding a Xmas Hamper Raffle!
Keep the bigger picture in mind
- Start by placing a decorated basket or a large box at the entrance of your facility (near reception) with a large banner that says "Please donate items for our Xmas Hamper Raffle". To inspire people, place a packet of biscuits and a jar of Cranberry Sauce inside the basket.
- Start selling tickets for the raffle as soon as possible.
- Once you have enough donations, decorate the basket with colourful paper and ribbons.
- Draw the raffle before lunch time on Christmas day and place the name of the winner where the basket was.
Delegate tasks to staff and volunteers and keep your eyes on the big picture: a harmonious, homely, happy and unforgettable Christmas Season!
Get everyone involved
Involve residents and their relatives with the decoration of your facility. You may be surprised by how much some will enjoy it.
Keep your eye out for sales
Buy Christmas wrapping paper when it goes on sale.
Wrap presents in advance
Don’t wait until the last minute to wrap presents, ask volunteers to help you if you are too busy.
Make Recycled Gift Tags
Make gift tags from old Christmas cards or birthday cards.
Place presents under the Christmas tree
Each present should have a name on it so you know who it's for when the time comes!
Thank your Volunteers
Organise a ‘Thank You’ morning tea for your volunteers in early December with refreshments and finger food or ask each person to bring a plate to share.
Decorate doors to add Christmas cheer
Place a Christmas decoration on the door of each resident’s room.
Get hold of some Christmas DVDs
Buy one or two Christmas DVDs to keep clients entertained during the holidays. See some holiday movie suggestions here
DIY Christmas Gifts
Be Creative; hold a few craft sessions to make thoughtful gifts for family, staff and volunteers.
Organise a school group to sing Christmas Carols
Visit the Principal of your nearest Public School and arrange for a group of children to come and sing Christmas Carols with the residents. Give the children refreshments and a cookie for their efforts.
Plan some 1:1 visits
Schedule one-to-one visits with withdrawn residents. They are vulnerable during the Festive Season and really need some tender loving care.
Don’t be a martyr!
Let people help you and be grateful for it.
If you are a little overwhelmed this year, take a deep breath and soldier on and remember to start next year's Xmas preparations in the first week in October (Xmas crafts, program for Christmas, lists of what to buy, engaging community agencies, etc.)
I wish you, your family and your residents a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year full of health and harmony.