Especially for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer's, the holidays can add some extra stress on top of the demands of being a family caregiver. Everyone has the demands of the holidays cause some extra stress along with the "tis the season to be jolly". For caregivers, it may become overwhelming to the point that it is wished that the holidays will be over to get back to a manageable routine.
Here are six tips from Today's Caregiver magazine, that may be useful for you are a caregiver.
"Six Seasonal CareTips:
- Try to include your loved one in some holiday preparations. Give him or her something to do that is within their abilities and that will make them feel useful. Occupying their time will help you get other things done as well.
- Maintain a sense of familiarity. Go easy on the decorations, and don’t move too much furniture to accommodate trees or other objects. Changing familiar surroundings can lead to confusion, especially for someone with memory or physical challenges. Extra cords, fragile decorations, and piles of gifts can be hazards to those with limited mobility.
- With all of the holiday hubbub, your loved one could become more confused and agitated. Try to limit the number of guests in your home at one time, and make sure that someone is always aware of the whereabouts of your loved one. If he or she tends to wander, there is a chance that this may happen when everyone thinks someone else is “on watch.”
- Ask for help! Don’t try to take on all of the burdens of caring for your loved one and preparing for the holidays. Something as simple as asking a neighbor or other relative to stay with your loved one for a few hours while you get some shopping done can make all the difference between a calm and a stressed-out holiday.
- Visit the newly enhanced Alzheimer’s Channel on caregiver.com to learn from articles such as “Helping Children Understand Alzheimer’s” and “Holiday Gift Ideas.”
- Most importantly, take time for yourself. Spend an hour in a bubble bath, read a book, play in the snow. Do something that you enjoy, and have fun. The holidays are about fun and enjoyment, so make sure that you have some of both."
We wish you and your loved ones a joyful, peaceful, and stress free holiday season.
Virgil T Golden Funeral Services