Our Elder Home Care Agency Tackles Holiday Stress Management in Pittsford, NY
Life for many seniors is a serious of routine events, ones they come to anticipate and gauge their days by. When this routine gets interrupted, it can lead to confusion, stress, and anxiety.
The holidays are the most common time of year for families to make the trip to grandmother's house for the festivities. This is a time of joy and togetherness, but to many seniors it is the most stressful time of the year. Often times, our elder home care team has discovered it is due to a disruption in their daily tasks.
For most seniors, daily life is one of routines- from what time they have breakfast to which day of the week they go shopping. Adding all the extra work that comes with the holidays, it takes to prepare and can be exhausting for the family caregiver. Try these tips designed to cut down on the stress and make the holidays more fun for everyone.
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You Bring the Green Bean Casserole
For grandma, the idea of being stuck in the kitchen fixing a holiday meal for the whole family can be terrifying. This year why not talk to everyone and put together a list of dishes, then everyone brings one of the dishes. Also, assign everyone a cleanup task in advance. This takes the strain of the family caregiver and still gives everyone plenty of time to relax. An elder home care aide can also accompany them in the kitchen, or even to the grocery store.
When your family event includes small children, the sheer energy they possess can be exhausting to your elderly loved ones. Before things get too overwhelming, take the kids outside for a while or somewhere that gives your loved ones a chance to rest.
Not Just About Gift Giving
While the holidays have long been about gift giving, most seniors live on a fixed budget. This time of year can be very stressful as they try to do their best to buy gifts. Instead, why not start a new family tradition? Place everyone's name in a hat weeks before the holidays and have grandma pull the name of the one person who will be getting a small gift from them. Alternatively, why not have everyone write down a favorite memory to share around the tree, creating a free family tradition that will come to mean more to your loved one than gifts.
Be Aware of What's Going On
A large family gathering can leave your loved ones feeling left out, try to find tasks for them to do. It can also leave them feeling exhausted if you see this, be sure to take the kids out to give grandma and grandpa time to recuperate.
Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help
As your loved ones' primary family caregiver, the holidays can be particularly challenging. Rather than allowing yourself to become overwhelmed, contact Comfort Keepers and let us provide you with one of our professional caregivers to help with caring for your loved one and with many tasks around the house. Respite services are just one of the many elder home care options we provide specifically to help family members.
Remember, the perfect holiday starts with careful planning and letting your family know the limitations and needs of your elderly loved ones to ensure everyone enjoys a joyful and stress-free holiday season. For more information, you can contact our office online anytime or give us a call at (585) 204-6067.