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Senior Home Care Providers Discuss Holiday Stress Management Techniques in Annapolis, MD

While the holidays can be a joyous time of year, for many seniors that family get-together at Grandma's house is a time of overwhelming stress.

During the holiday season, it's quite common for families to travel to Grandma's house to share the festivities. For the younger members of the family, it’s a joyous occasion. But, at the same time, many seniors say this is the most stressful time of the year.

Many seniors build a routine they become used to, one that covers most aspects of their daily lives. When something like a holiday gathering disrupts things, it can overwhelm them and cause confusion as well as stress. At the same time, the holidays can be stressful for the senior home care providers who are looking after your loved ones. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help keep the holidays "Merry" for everyone.

Meals are a Family Affair

Just because everyone is going to Grandma's House doesn't mean Grandma does all the meal prep, cooking, and cleanup. The mere thought of this can lead to serious anxiety and depression. Instead, have everyone bring a favorite holiday dish, this will help reduce the workload and the stress. Plus, you'll have a team of "volunteers" to help clean up.

Set Up a Quiet Time

If there are small children at the gathering, they can easily overwhelm aging grandparents. Be sure to build in some out of the house activities you can take the kids to. This will give Grandma and Grandpa some much needed peace and quiet and maybe even a chance to take a nap.

Keep Gift Giving to a Minimum

For many seniors, buying gifts for everyone does not fall within their financial abilities. Rather than adding to their stress, why not do a draw a name for who is to get a gift each year. Better yet, have each guest write down a special memory and share it. The simpler you keep the gifts and ideas the better and the more enjoyable the party will be for everyone.

Assign a Watcher

Assign someone to help you keep an eye on your loved ones, such as a family member or someone from our senior home care team.  If your loved one starts to look tired or out of sorts you can be right there to see what can be done to help them.

Get Help

If you are their primary caregiver, don't be afraid to contact us for respite care. They can help with many things like shopping, light housekeeping chores, assist with holiday decorations, addressing your cards, and many other services. Giving you a chance to catch your breath.

When you are putting together your holiday plans, keep in mind no detail is too small. By working with your loved ones and their senior home care provider, you can get a better understanding of their limitations. This will make it easier for you to make tiny adjustments to your plans for them they won't even notice. A little thought can go a long way towards making your holiday festivities stress free.  For more advice, give us a call at (855) 205-1382.

            

     

 

 

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