Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by jhblogger
Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends, to share laughs, memories, and celebrate. The holidays can also be a time of sadness, stress, and disappointment. It is important as a caregiver to prepare for holidays, such as Thanksgiving, to have a happy and successful occassion.
Here are some tips for caregivers as we approach the holiday season:
- Have a meeting or phone conference with family or friends to discuss plans. This is a time to speak about your caregiving and discuss what you are reasonably able to do and not. Not all traditions can be upheld when you are a caregiver; traditions may need to be modified. Loved ones from out of town may not be aware of the changes in the loved one you are caring for you. You can help educate them ahead of time about what they may expect.
-Involve the person you are caring for. It is important for them to feel a part of the traditions and feel as though they are contributing to the preparation. They could assist with decorating, setting the table, and preparing the meal (i.e. peeling carrots).You may need to modify these tasks; giving simple instructions, and making sure the tasks are safe for the person.
-Maintain your daily routine as much as possible. The holidays can be a time of confusion and can be overwhelming for your loved one and you. You may need to limit the commitments you take on or minimize the time you spend out of the house at a meal or party with the person you are caring for.
The holidays should be a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of loved ones. Make this holiday easier on yourself by planning ahead and setting boundaries on what you are realistically able to do while caregiving.