Gaining insights into why the holidays may be difficult for all family members can make get-togethers more enjoyable
Navigating Holidays—Who and What Are the Holidays Really About?
Navigating the holidays is about time with loved ones celebrating life, love, and family in different ways when a
It is common for the primary caregiver, who may be one of your parents caring for the other or an adult child
Without the caregiver's support, many loved ones would not be able to continue living in their homes. Family members
Each Family Member Has Different Holiday Memories and ExpectationsFor your parent, who may be the caregiver or for a sibling, family members' out-of-sight, out-of-mind lack of
For the caregiver, thoughts of celebrating holidays with family or remaining alone may be equally unappealing.
While the expectation is that family gatherings are picture-perfect, time together may be filled with memories of holidays past.
The rush to visit both sets of parents in a single day can be pressure-filled for couples with young children who also have care needs.
During the holidays and all times of the year, hiring an in-home care agency offers family caregivers support with routine daily
Be Flexible to Create a Holiday Celebration Everyone Can EnjoyIf you or your family are planning a holiday get-together, consider pre-holiday planning activities, the effects of a change in routine
Consider These Ten Tips for Navigating Holidays:
- Give the primary family caregiver the day off if you are celebrating in the family home. Bring or make the holiday meal and clean up
- the kitchen and house afterward.
- If you are the primary caregiver and there is no family to visit, order a holiday meal for pick-up or delivery along with your favorite dessert.
- Plan a pleasant activity like watching a movie or something that you and the person you care for will enjoy.
- Schedule a day before the holidays to decorate and plan. An in-home caregiver may be the perfect solution to provide support for
- decorating, shopping, and pre-holiday planning tasks.
- If you are a family member not involved in caregiving, consider gifting ongoing in-home care services to support a loved one with
- meals, shopping or errands, light housekeeping, personal care, medication reminders, and more. Your support will benefit your loved ones,
- and the family caregiver.
- If adult children and spouses visit both families, schedule holiday visits on different days or separate times of the day, allowing for downtime
- in-between visits.
- What time of day are mom and dad at their best? For example, is a noon meal preferable instead of waiting until 5 p.m. when a parent may be
- tired or sundowning?
- Alternatively, ease holiday stress by scheduling a family gathering around dessert instead of all of the effort involved with making a big meal
- and cleaning up.
- Designate an extra bedroom or room for nap-time or play for young children separately from aging parents who may experience stress or behaviors
- resulting from too much noise and excitement.
- Avoid family discussions or interventions about the care needs of aging loved ones. Instead, schedule a meeting outside of the home to
- discuss investigating options to support loved ones and family caregivers.
- Make memories that will last by scheduling a photographer to take family and individual photos. Record videos, share family recipes,
- tell stories, and create new traditions.
Socializing with friends is essential for caregiver well-being. Find a reason to celebrate each month—especially every November for
Family and friends can offer support on the holidays and throughout the year for loved ones and the primary caregiver. For example,
Learn how BrightStar Care's independently owned and operated agencies can provide in-home care services to support family
About Pamela D. Wilson
PAMELA D WILSON MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA is a national caregiving expert, author, advocate, and speaker educating family caregivers, older adults, professionals, groups, and corporations. Since 1999, Pamela has been an entrepreneur and business owner providing direct service: in-home care, care management, and legal and financial appointments. In addition, she consults about elder care, care navigation, caregiving services, and caregiver support programs with families, health and care providers, attorneys, and financial planners.
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