Elder Home Care Experts Discuss Meeting at Grandmothers for the Holidays
For many senior's life becomes a serious of routine events that when disturbed can cause confusion and stress, especially during the holidays when the family all converges on grandma's house.
Families have been making the trip to grandma's house for the holidays forever; it's supposed to be a time of togetherness and joy. But, for many seniors, it's a time of high anxiety and stress.
As their daily lives go on, our elder home care team understands that most seniors develop their routines. As they grow older, they become firmly entrenched in these routines to the point where even the slightest deviation can lead to confusion and stress. Add the kids and grandkids, tons of noise, lots of chaos, and suddenly it can be overwhelming for grandma and grandpa. Here are a few ideas you can use to help make your holidays more stress-free and enjoyable.
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The Family Meal Done Different
For many seniors, the idea of having to prepare a holiday meal for a large number of people is completely overwhelming. Cleaning up afterward can be exhausting for the caregiver. Try something new and have each guest bring a holiday dish with them. Then have everyone take their turn at helping clean up, while grandma and grandpa enjoy relaxing with the rest of the family.
When you have small children as part of the festivities, the noise and chaos can become too much for many seniors. Be sure you plan some type of activity that will take the kids and most of the adults out of the house so that grandma and grandpa can catch their breath and get a little rest.
Give Gifts from the Heart
It doesn't matter how much or how little is spent on a gift; it's the love behind it that matters. For many seniors living on a fixed income, the idea of being unable to buy gifts for everyone can be depressing. Try something a little different, have a drawing, and the winner is the only person for whom your grandparents need to buy a gift. Or better yet, give the gift of memories both reminiscing about the good old days and creating new ones.
Be Sure You Keep an Eye on Your Elderly Loved Ones
Too much of a good thing can leave grandma and grandpa feeling a little like a fish out of water and quite possibly a little on the tired side. Be sure to find them things to do if needed or a chance to take a quiet break.
If You Need Help – Get It
As your loved ones' primary caregiver, trying to get everything ready for the holiday can be exhausting. At Comfort Keepers, our elder home care options also include respite care that comes with a skilled caregiver who can help with your loved ones, with the chores, and with getting ready for the holiday.
Do keep in mind the little things as you plan the festivities, be sure you let everyone know about your loved ones' limitations and needs. You can always make little tweaks to traditions that your loved are not likely to notice. Taking the time to put together a working plan of action can help make your holidays stress-free and fun for everyone. Be sure to include their elder home care provider in on this plan as well.