We have been talking a lot about cleaning up and preparing your home for colder weather, so now let’s talk about making your home prettier! Creating fall decorations with family members is a great way to bond with loved ones, brighten the home, and get in the autumn spirit! If you aren’t creatively inclined – don’t worry! We have put together simple and fun fall craft ideas just for you!

Pumpkin painting – Everyone knows that pumpkins represent fall! Take a trip to the local pumpkin patch and find your favorite pumpkin. Take them home, and paint them with your aging loved ones. You can also carve them of course!

Scarecrow – Take all of those leaves you just raked and put them to good use. Make a scarecrow by stuffing old clothes and stocks full of leaves. Tie them all together and hang your new scarecrow in the front yard.

Apple printing – Crisp apples are the best in the fall, but did you know they are also great for stamping? Cut an apple in half, dip it in paint, and stamp anything from paper to clothing.

Gather your family together for a fun day with Pop and Grandma. Spending time with your loved ones as they get older is so important. In most cases, your loved one likes nothing better than to spend the day with their children and grandchildren. Engaging them in a fun activity keeps their both mind and body active. Pick an activity that everyone can enjoy. Take into consideration the ages of the grandchildren and the abilities and interests of your aging loved ones.

Once you have decided on an activity, make sure you have all the supplies you will need. Stop in at your local AC Moore or Michael’s a day or two before and purchase paints, brushes, glue, etc. so that everything you need will be right at hand. Plan on enjoying fun fall snacks like apple slices dipped in caramel or let the family know that you will be having lunch as well as doing some fun projects. Finally, autumn is a beautiful time to be outdoors. This fall has been especially perfect. When the activities are finished and lunch is done, have the whole family go on a walk together. Enjoy the fall foliage and get some exercise at the same time.

If you are not available to spend as much time as you would like with your loved one, consider calling Senior Helpers Home Care to help you out. Out compassionate caregivers will be able to help your mom or dad remain active and safe. Please call (732)866-4488 for additional information.

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