Caregiving Tips for the Holidays

Help a Caregiver You Know

  • Offer to help clean and cook, wrap presents, go shopping, or pick up the kids.
  • If your family is caregiving, suggest a potluck holiday meal or secret Santa gift exchange to save time and money.
  • The best gift you could give a caregiver is help. Give them the day off!
  • Remember to say “thank you” to a caregiver and let them know they are appreciated.
  • If a member of your family is caregiving for a relative this holiday season, send a thank you gift.

Take Care of Yourself When Caregiving

  • Make sure you don’t over-extend yourself. Ask for help from family and friends.
  • Get lots of sleep, eat well and take time for yourself.
  • Give yourself the gift of relaxation. Treat yourself to something nice, a little quiet time, etc.

Address Family Problems

  • Use family gatherings to assess how your parents really are. Are they healthy? Safe?
  • Keep an eye out for depression during the holidays, both seasonal and clinical.
  • Talk with them! End a family feud. Forgive and forget for the sake of the family and the future.
  • Family gatherings are good times to have crucial conversations with your family about your parents.
  • Do they have a will? A long-term care plan? Do you know who their doctors are or what medications they’re taking?
  • Photograph and interview older family members during the holidays so you have those memories forever.
  • Acknowledge past losses. Honor those who are gone by telling stories, continuing traditions, etc.

 

 

The above article was written and published by Barbara McVicker of barbaramcvicker.com