Home Caregivers & The Holiday Season in Clinton Township, MI
As you may have noticed, most seniors tend to live a life of routines and patterns. Certain things are done at the same time every day, meals at set times, even TV programs. The slightest deviation can lead to anxiety and confusion.
The highways are clogged with families who are off to grandma's house for the holidays; it's an annual tradition filled with joy and camaraderie. But for most seniors, our home caregivers have found that it can be a time of extreme anxiety and stress.
Many seniors come to rely on their routines to let them know where they are at in the day, week, even month. When their home is invaded by everyone in the family, it can completely shatter their routines and leave them feeling confused and anxious. Here are a few ideas on ways to reduce or eliminate much of this stress and make the holidays fun for everyone.
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It's a Family Affair
The holiday meal is a family affair, shouldn’t preparing the meal to be one too? Why not put together a list of dishes and have everyone bring one of them, including the turkey or ham. This will take all of the stress off grandma, and if you have everyone help clean up, they won't be left with a mess.
Don't Forget the Rest Period
While youngsters can be fun and energetic, too much of a good thing can wear an elderly person out. Try laying the kids down for a nap or if not taking them out so grandma and grandpa can enjoy a little rest and recuperation.
One Gift and Only One Gift
When you live on a fixed income like most seniors, all you do is worry about not being able to afford gifts for everyone. Start a new family tradition where everyone puts their name on a piece of paper. The papers go in a hat and grandma, or grandpa pulls one out. This year, the person pulled will get a gift from their grandparents. It's a great solution as everyone gets to look forward to "name" drawing day.
Keep an Eye on the Folks
With so much going on, it can be easy to miss the fact your loved ones look like they feel left out, or they are getting tired. Have an extra person assigned to help you keep an eye on your loved ones such that problems can be nipped in the bud.
Help Is Only a Phone Call Away
Rather than let yourself become overwhelmed and exhausted turn to us for respite care and one of our expert home caregivers. They can help with homemaking chores, personal care services for your loved ones, even help address your holiday cards. This will give you time to catch your breath and indulge in a little self-care.
Be sure to keep those family members who are coming for the holidays understand any limitations your loved ones may have or any special needs. Simple things like this will go a long way towards making your holiday celebrations more fun for everyone. If you wish to learn more advice on managing the holidays while supporting seniors, or you would like to learn more about our home caregivers, contact us online anytime or give us a call at (586) 200-6712.