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The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, but when you add the extra stress of being a caregiver for a senior family member, it can sometimes become overwhelming. With that in mind, there are ways to keep you from getting too stressed out this holiday season. Tracy home care providers understand the pressure you’re under and can recommend some useful tips to employ to distress and recapture the spirit of Christmas.
One of the best things that you can do this Christmas is to go easy on decorating. Everyone loves to have a decorated and welcoming home during the holidays, but a simplified version of your usual decor may make things easier for you. What do you need to have? If having a beautifully decorated Christmas tree is really important to you, do it. List your tasks in order of importance and cross off the stuff at the bottom. Don’t add stress by trying to make everything perfect. Christmas isn’t about perfection, it’s about being with the ones you love.
Ask other family members to help you with your loved one or with the holiday planning. If you are fixing a meal, ask others to bring some dishes so that all of the responsibility doesn’t fall on your shoulders. You can also let your senior loved one help you cook dinner and set up. Give him or her an easy task and have fun preparing dinner together. Seniors may even have some good holiday stories to share about when they were younger. Alternatively, you could have your Christmas dinner catered so that you don’t have to stress about getting everything done. Never be afraid to ask for help.
Whether it is watching holiday movies or attending a Christmas parade, the options for bonding activities are endless. Maybe there is a Christmas play that you could attend together, or perhaps your loved one enjoys attending church this time of year. The point of the season is to be together. If leaving the house isn’t an option, decorate the tree or wrap Christmas presents together. Having fun with your loved one will help both of you to have a joyful holiday season.
If your senior loved one can’t go shopping with you, seek out Tracy respite care to stay with him or her while you take advantage of the holiday sales. If your loved one is able, have fun shopping together. Just be sure to take things slow and make time to take some breaks. Stop in at the food court for a snack, or duck into a coffee shop for a cup of hot chocolate. If your loved one can’t go out and you can’t get anyone to sit with him or her, turn on some Christmas music and shop online from the comfort of your home. This has the added bonus of avoiding the crowds while curling up on the couch in your PJs.
To make life a little easier this holiday season, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our trusted caregivers are highly trained to deliver optimal Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Tracy families can count on. Whether you need a few hours a week to decompress or a more frequent care program for your loved one, Home Care Assistance can accommodate any schedule. Call a dedicated Care Manager today at (209) 650-8500 to learn more about our programs and schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.