Holiday time can either be wonderful or stressful. Often, when planning for the holiday, your elderly parent or grandparent may feel left out, lonely or just despondent. Senior at home care providers suggest that as joyous as holiday time is, it is a reminder of happier times for elder adults. Although they may have their loving children and grandchildren close by, their spouse may no longer be part of their life. They also may be facing other challenges at this stage in their life as well.
However, senior at home care experts suggest there are a few thing you can do to keep things merry and bright:
- Follow your loved one’s schedule. Allow them to follow their normal routine of waking, eating and sleeping. Don’t make small changes that they do not want to make.
- Limit the number of activities you schedule. Senior at home care experts recommend discussing plans with your parent before setting expectations. Accept that it is ok that your mom or dad may not want to do everything you want to do. You can do some activities without them.
- If your parent has cognitive issues, do not overwhelm them with too many new people and places. It is best to keep everything simple and to have their caregiver assist them with new transitions.
- Don’t let physical limitations stop your parent from assisting with preparations. If needed, provide them with a chair to sit on while doing food prep or special utensils that they can grip. Make this a true family gathering time.
- Take the time to “remember when.” Even if your parent has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, often little triggers will light up their eyes.
- Remember that you are a family, not a Hallmark™ movie. Everything will not be perfect, but you can smile bright.