As the holiday season approaches, many people are excited to see their friends, family members, and loved ones. However, for many seniors and their caregivers, it can become very stressful. Big holiday celebrations can be overwhelming, especially for those suffering from cognitive decline or health problems. For family caregivers, decorating the house, organizing gatherings or finding the perfect gifts for loved ones, all while caring for an older adult, can be daunting.
Here are a few things you can do to minimize the stress for everyone.
- Think about simplifying tasks. When decorating keep it simple by avoiding big DIY projects or over the top decorations.
- Try to have family come to you. When planning trips or visits, consider avoiding long stressful drives and limiting large groups.
- Savor the small things. If a loved one is ill, think about ways to make their holiday experiences easy and smooth.
These are just a few ideas to consider. For more information on how you can make the holidays less stressful, stop by and see us at Home Care Assistance or call and request a Caregivers Guide to the Holidays.
Owner, Home Care Assistance of Birmingham
5291 Valleydale Rd., Ste. 123, Birmingham, AL 35242