Seniors & Their Families Can Easily Manage Holiday Stress With Help From A Home Care Aide
For many seniors, life becomes a carefully structured routine which they move through in their own quiet way, any form of disruption to this routine can lead to stress and confusion.
During the holiday season, it's very common for families to travel long distances to gather at grandma and grandpa's house to celebrate the season. What most would see as a time of joy, togetherness, and good times, those on our home care aide team know that it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year for seniors.
For many seniors, life becomes steady ebb and flow of their daily routine, changes to their routine can lead to anxiety, confusion, exhaustion. At the same time, all the extra work can be exhausting for family members taking on the role of a caregiver. Here are a few things you can do to help relieve the stress.
Pot Luck Dinner
The mere idea of having to prepare a holiday meal for a large group can prove to be overwhelming for grandma. Why not have everyone in the family bring their favorite holiday dish, this way no one has to cook the whole meal. People can also take turns on other duties as well. A home care aide can safely transport your senior to the store and also prepare meals by their side.
Everyone Needs a Rest
If there are small children in attendance, you may find their level of activity to be too much for grandma and grandpa. Laying them down for a nap or taking everyone out of the house for a little while can give your loved one’s time to rest and recuperate.
Gifts Are Not Required
For many seniors who live on a fixed income, one of the biggest stressors during the holidays is not being able to buy gifts for everyone. Create a name draw system where everyone is entered, but only one gets a gift each year. It's a great way to add a little fun to the holidays and help keep grandma and grandpa from spending money they don't have. Better yet, have everyone write a favorite memory down and take turns sharing them, create new memories.
Do Keep a Watchful Eye on Your Loved Ones
Having so much going on can leave your loved ones feeling left out and in time tired. By including them in various activities, you can help with the left out feeling. If you see they need a break take the kids out of the house and let grandma and grandpa take a nap.
When You Need Help
At the primary family caregiver for your loved one, so much of preparing for the coming holiday falls on your shoulders along with all your regular duties. Rather than run yourself ragged, our respite care program provides you with a highly skilled home care aide who can help you support your loved ones and assist with holiday preparations.
Be sure you let the rest of the family know about your loved ones needs and any limitations they may have. By paying attention to the little things, you can assure a stress-free and more enjoyable for everyone. To learn more, contact us online anytime or give us a call at (360) 226-2737.