The holidays are upon us and with the season comes the hustle and bustle of family gatherings, shopping and cooking. Personal, family and religious traditions are an important part of the festivities for seniors. But, with the “busyness” of the season, these cherished traditions can be forgotten or diminished at times if family caregivers get pulled in too many directions or if a senior doesn’t have family nearby.Professional CAREGiversSM can bring hope and be a shining light for seniors during the holidays.
Watch this video from CAREGiver Lynn and see how she brought joy to a client and his wife with one special experience that has turned into a beautiful memory for the family.
In addition to offering hope and companionship during the season, CAREGivers are a key component in helping seniors maintain important daily routines. Many senior’s health routines can be disrupted to accommodate holiday happenings. And, all the activity may bring unnecessary stress.CAREGivers are trained to keep basic care needs top of mind. This seemingly simple task is actually very important. If seniors are out and about more than normal over the holidays, it’s possible that medication may not be taken at the right time or even at all. When on the go, nutrition and hydration can also vary from what a senior may be accustomed to.
A CAREGiver can work closely with a senior’s family to ensure his or her needs are being met and adapted to accommodate holiday happenings.
Professional CAREGivers can light up the holiday spirit by helping recreate family traditions, decorating the home, baking treats and flipping through family photo albums letting seniors re-live precious memories. These acts are especially meaningful to seniors who are alone during the holidays or those with family who are unable to visit. As wonderful as these interactions are for seniors, they are equally impactful for CAREGivers.
See what it means to these CAREGivers to spend time with seniors throughout the holiday season.
Here are some suggestions to keep the holiday spirit lively for the senior loved ones in your life:
An older adult can feel overwhelmed during the holidays with too much of a good thing. Be cognizant of holiday happenings and how they’re impacting your loved one. A few considerations are below:
Find more caregiving tips and holiday stress relief suggestions at
CaregiverStress.com. If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you and your loved one can benefit from respite care, visit
HomeInstead.com to find a professionally trained CAREGiver in your area.
May the light shine on you this holiday season,Lakelyn Hogan
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