Winter-themed presents on a table next to pinecones and a pair of scissors

Fun, Homemade Winter Decorations for Seniors

Now that the seasons are starting to change in the Treasure Valley, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season! The best way to get in the holiday spirit? Themed decorations! Whether you are wanting to spice up your living space, find activities to keep your brain active, looking for gift ideas, or are just excited for the coming months, holiday decorations are the way to go, and Streamside Assisted Living has you covered with some of the best ideas to get you started!

Homemade Ornaments

There is no better gift than one that is homemade. Ornaments are cheap, easy to make, and offer the option of a lot of customizability. The easiest way to start making a homemade ornament is to use a popsicle stick or two as a base, and decorate it with glitter, stickers, markers, and other small items. When they’re all done, you just have to attach a decorative ribbon to them and they’re ready to be hung up or given to family and friends!

Colorful Coasters

All of that wintertime hot chocolate and coffee have to go somewhere, right? There are many options when it comes to winter and holiday-themed coasters. You can start with actual ceramic tile as a base, or go simple and use a foam pad. If you’re going the ceramic route, you can use a combination of acrylic paints, nail polish, or watercolors to create your design. For the foam base, it would be best to glue felt or other foam to bring your ideas to life. You have the choice to make it however you want, and these can be actually used as coasters but they also make great ornaments!

Window Decorations

An easy way to winterize the view from a room (even if there isn’t snow on the ground outside) is with window decorations! These can range from all difficulty levels and be as artistic or as simple as you want. Some of the most popular include snowflakes made with glue, simple wreaths, and other pre-made hanging decorations that are ready to be customized to your liking.

At Streamside Assisted Living, we have an array of social and recreational activities that are sure to keep your loved ones entertained and having a good time in our community. Contact us or visit our website to see more of what Streamside has to offer!

santa claus and snowman stuffed decorations

Easy Holiday Decor in Assisted Living

‘Tis the season to deck the halls here at Streamside Assisted Living in Nampa, Idaho. With these easy and fun tips on how to decorate your home with the perfect holiday decor and how to make them brighten up the senior living community, you won’t want the holiday cheer to end. Here are some quick and fun decor ideas for your assisted living home.


Holiday lights are heartwarming and make your space feel a little more homey during the winter season. There are so many options of lights so that you can find the perfect color and style for your home. Whether it is white,blue,red, or even multicolor there are lights out there for you.
A majority of these lights also come with a battery power option as well so it is not drawing any unnecessary power, or causing a trip hazard from wires. Holiday lights bring a room to life but there are other options for lights as well. Such as a light up holiday sign or a small lit up tree for the bedside.


There are so many fun holiday crafts out there that bring in the holiday spirit. Some famous ones are paper snowflakes that can be homemade and are always special. You can make them together in a group or on your own to pass the time.
Gingerbread houses are always a holiday specialty and can be very entertaining to make with and for family members. Ornaments are also a very popular and fun holiday craft to make. All these ideas can be found on Pinterest which have breakdowns and step-by-step instructions for each craft.

Senior Activities

Giving people the tools needed to knit or make quilts is another holiday gift you can add to your shopping list. Creating a wishing tree in an assisted living home can bring a humble atmosphere to the area. The gift of giving is sometimes the best kind of gift and a wishing tree will allow residents to ask for something and receive something.
The chance to participate in holiday events will build a positive aura in the home, no matter who you are. These activities can be fun when in groups of friends or in groups of family members. Be sure to consider some of these activities when having visitors during the holiday season. You can break the ice easily by engaging in problem-solving board games.

Cozy Must Haves

Fuzzy socks, soft blankets, fuzzy pajamas, the famous ugly sweaters, these are all must haves during the cold holiday season. Holiday themed fuzzy socks can be found at your local Dollar store, Marshalls, Target, or even WalMart. Soft blankets that have snow flakes, candy canes, Santa Clauses, or snowmen are all great holiday themed blankets. Or just buying colors such as red, white, green, and blue will bring in that holiday happiness. These small additions to a room can make a big difference.

Streamside Residents

It can be easy to go overboard on decorations. Especially if Christmas and Hanukkah are very special for you. Be sure to not cause any hazards for you and fellow residents at Streamside Assisted Living. Spend your money and time wisely by crafting a lot of the decorations yourself. Even the simplest craft like a paper snowflake can make all the difference.

Multicolor game pieces on a blue background

These Board Games Improve Memory and Problem Solving

Christmas is right around the corner. Instead of buying another scarf or blanket, invest in a game that will challenge your mind and jog your memory. Board games while not as popular as they used to be, still have a timeless feel. If you’re looking for some easy entertainment and fun, then these board games can provide you with just that and more. Strengthening your memory and problem-solving skills is especially important for residents in assisted living care centers.

The Settlers of Catan

Catan or rather, Settlers is a multiplayer board game where players become settlers and try to build their holding areas by acquiring resources and trading them. This is a game that requires lots of communication and strategizing. The great thing about it is that it is fairly easy to learn, so picking up on the rules should be simple. The typical amount of players is 3-4 but with expansions, this number can increase.

Ticket to Ride

Trains! This game is great for geography and conversing about your travels. Players are given cards that have different kinds of train cars. You then use these cards to mark your train route with the small train shaped pieces. Your goal is to connect to destination cities and or create the longest route. The classic version mimics a map of North America, whereas other variations of the game cover other countries. This can spark memories of past travels and family genealogy.

Betrayal at House on the Hill

The board of this game mimics that of Clue where there are several rooms in a large house, players have to navigate through. Different rooms within the mansion contain items, omens, or traps. You are all allies until the “haunt” begins where one of the player’s sides with the monsters and ghosts. The betrayer assumes the role of one of the monsters and remaining players must strategize to defeat them.
This game is pretty hefty to learn, but once you’ve played once, you won’t want to stop. Every time you play it’s like a brand new game. Anyone or no one could become the betrayer at any moment. The suspense and variability of the game keeps it fresh and you won’t easily burn out after a few times.

Incan Gold

Speaking of traps. Incan Gold is a game where players have to collect treasure all while avoiding traps and hauling your findings back to camp. A total of eight people can play this game, so it makes it great for large gatherings. This board game for seniors will exercise their problem-solving and creativity. Luckily, because it’s a luck-based game, it’s just a question of how lucky are you? And How much are you willing to risk?


We had to include this board game. Studies have shown that chess offers numerous amounts of health benefits. A big part of it is memory improvement. Players have to remember their opponents playing style, rules, and mistakes. Chess sparks both sides of the brain to work, so players can show off their logical and creative side all at once. Someone great at chess exhibits high memory recall and performance. There is something very calming about playing chess. With its ability for players to keep to themselves and strategize in their heads, chess is a game that can be enjoyed without speaking a word.

Assisted Living Nampa

If your assisted living center doesn’t already have some of these board games, then I would consider gifting these to your friends and family. They are a great way to connect and compete with fellow residents and family members. At Streamside Assisted Living in Nampa Idaho, we provide a helping hand when you need it most. Our residents are an important part of what we do, so we make sure their stay is as comfortable and fun as they want it to be.

A holiday pumpkin in a assisted living home

Fall Décor Ideas in Assisted Living

The holiday season is here. Don’t let your assisted living apartment feel cold and uninviting. Get cozy with these charming décor ideas.

Placemats & Centerpieces

If you have a smaller table in your assisted living apartment, then don’t be afraid to mix and match the placemat colors. Use variations of yellows, oranges, reds, and browns. You can also create amazing centerpieces with pomegranates and decorative pumpkins.

Orange Accents

Nothing says fall more than orange blanket and pillow accents. To create an autumn mood, purchase a throw blanket or pillow that mimics the color of foliage in fall. Choose one that is cozy as well. The weather may be chilly so stay warm in style. It can also be used for general décor since the color orange creates a sense of warmth, making the space feel more inviting.


To reduce the hazard of tripping, buy battery-powered candles that can be placed in plastic pumpkin holders. If you are wanting to replace any of the lighting in your apartment, opt for warm white or orange glow lights that can still offer high visibility at night.

Simple Pictures

Sometimes more simplistic décor is all you will want to create an autumn ambiance. Because the leaves are falling all over, if you find a beautifully colored one, place it on a piece of white paper and frame it for a clean seasonal look.

Chalkboard Recipes

Craft stores have gotten clever for fall décor this year. You can find several chalkboard frame variations that has either leaves, pumpkins, or some other kind of fall aesthetic on them. Write down your favorite pumpkin pie recipe or little holiday family reminders. The chalkboard will also aid in memory recall for seniors needing memory care services.

Grandchildren Crafts

We all know that the little ones are given fall crafts to make during school. These made-with-heart craft projects are perfect for fall decorations in a senior assisted living facility. It becomes even better when there is a photo attached to really bring in a sense of family. Create a magnet out of the craft, or frame it on your side table, for a small autumn boost.

Sentimental Value

Some assisted living apartments are smaller than the house or apartment a senior was in before transitioning. So, for family members, it can be very special for you to bring in décor from your own home or décor from their home that they’ve put away when moving. A lot of the time most holiday decorations are put in a box never to be found again. By taking the time to dig through your garage, you may find memorable decorations that would bring value to the assisted living apartment your loved one is in.

Before You Go

Before going to Hobby Lobby or Michaels be sure to check the guidelines of your assisted living center. Some décor may not be up to code, or just pose a hazard to the facility. Keep in mind physical capabilities, and health too. Enjoy this season and be sure to surround yourself with family and friends. The holidays are meant to be celebrated, so whether you want to do one of the above or many of the above, choose décor options that will make the apartment feel more like home.