This is the second year we've held a family holiday party at Mom's nursing home. It worked wonderfully! I wonder who else does this, and how it works for you.
We reserved a community room for two hours. The center made sure there were enough banquet tables and chairs in there. They also left the holiday decorations up in that room.
A few of us arrived early and helped Mom get ready, and set up the room. We had dollar-store plastic tableclothes. Food was potluck, finger foods. We brought paper plates and plastic forks, punch, and water. The center provided coffee.
There were about 20 people. Entertainment was talking to each other. We also had the tv on for those who had to see the football playoff. The youngest 4 kids had electronic devices with them and giggled together over games. We took group pictures in every conceivable combination. Mom sat patiently in her wheel chair as we gathered behind her.
Some people put money in Mom's spending account, for hair appointments. There was no exchange of gifts, but many brought contributions for the bingo prize box -- small calendars, fingerless mittens, tubes of hand lotion -- that kind of thing. The center goes through A LOT of prizes and residents really seem to like choosing them. We are grateful for the activities program and like to help in this small way.
After two hours the party was over. Everyone left! (Except the ones clearing out the room and folding up the tables, etc.) I don't think the center would mind if we lingered but that was the end of Mom's stamina and it was really good to have a built-in deadline for ending the party.
Because of Mom's mobility issues we could not have held this at anyone's house, but I think this was a much better option anyway. Yes, it is some work to organize and to bring in food etc., but not nearly as much work as hosting in a house. The timing was self-enforced. And Mom truly enjoyed it.
We did a similar event but on a smaller scale for her birthday last year. Private parties in the care center work great for us.
Have you had experience with this?