The holidays are coming up fast, and it can be a fun time for you and your senior loved one to catch up with friends and family. You may want to eat, drink and be merry, but it is important to consider that sometimes as a Family Caregiver, with all the joviality comes stress and exhaustion.
You want to enjoy the holidays, so here are a few things to consider before they get rolling:
Talk About What Life at Home Will Be Like During the Holidays
Are you picturing crowds of children, gathered in your living room with spiced cider and singing carols? Maybe instead you prefer a quiet time at Christmas, and dread the thought of carloads of relatives descending on you.
Talk with your senior loved one about what level of socializing and activity you would each enjoy to make life at home pleasant during the holidays. Maybe you can find a way to balance each of your wishes.
Try to Embrace New Traditions
If your holidays have always included big crowds and a home-cooked meal at your house, maybe you can create new traditions that include a more limited guest list and a menu that both of you will enjoy. If you have always trekked out to buy a fresh Christmas tree and then decorated it together, talk about the parts of that tradition that were special and strive to keep them. Maybe there are younger family members that would deliver a fresh tree and stay to help decorate it. Make sure they are also on board for disposal after the New Year.
However, don’t hold back from creating new traditions. You and your loved one may find that life at home is sweetest with quiet moments of holiday cheer. A dinner shared with one good friend or an evening of cocoa and popcorn with a classic Christmas movie may become a treasured memory.
Take Care of Yourself
Part of enjoying life at home with your loved one is staying healthy and well-rested. You may run yourself ragged trying to recreate earlier holiday traditions, but guard against this common pitfall of caregiving. Take time to rest and remember that being at home during the holidays is a significant gift in itself.
To ensure that you take care of yourself, do not wave away offers of help. People may be even more aware of those in need of a helpful hand, so if you hear that someone is available to help, put them to work. Let them wrap gifts, clean your kitchen, or let you slip out to get a break.
At Freudenthal Home Health, we are dedicated to helping your enjoy life at home with your senior loved one. To find out more about the support and services we provide, please call us today. We are available in the coming weeks to help you celebrate the holidays in the comfort of home.