Happy Holidays; or is it when your caring for an aging loved one? The holidays can add extra stress on family caregivers with trying to care for loved ones, decorate, buy presents, and find down time. When you are caring for an aging loved one during the holidays it is especially important to ask for extra help. The holidays are a time we feel too pressured to do to0 much for others and not enough time for ourselves. Resources are low because even the hired caregivers want time off over the holidays. The stress can become overwhelming and begin to harm your health. By following a few tips you will have a successful holiday season.
Maintaining a sense of familiarity with the loved one you are caring for is very important. This helps to reduce the stress for both of you. Confusion with so many activities brings out the worst in us. If you keep your care needs consistent and prioritize the activities that are most important you will reduce your stress. Focus on the strengths and capabilities of aging loved ones with what they can do to participate in festive activities. Keeping loved ones engaged will help reduce the risk for accidents.