Elderly Care in Fountain Hills AZ
Thanksgiving is a time when families come together to enjoy special quality time and make treasured memories. For many families, this marks the first time that they have seen each other in a year or possibly longer. If you are a family caregiver for a senior who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, you may be concerned about how these family members will react to the changes that your loved one has gone through since the last holiday season when you were all together. Taking the time to prepare the family for their visit with a senior with Alzheimer’s disease can help to reduce tension, ease discomfort, and create a more enjoyable holiday celebration.
Use these tips to help you prepare your family for a Thanksgiving visit with a senior with Alzheimer’s disease:
• Talk about it in advance. Be open and honest with your family early in the season. Well before they come over to enjoy Thanksgiving with you, let them know what your parent has been going through and the types of changes that they have experienced. This will give them the opportunity to get used to the idea of the changes, but may also give them time to change their minds about visiting if they do not feel prepared to handle these changes.
• Encourage them to enjoy themselves. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable when it comes to celebrating a holiday with an elderly adult who is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Your family members might not know how to react or what they should think or do while they are visiting. Encourage them to come and enjoy themselves in the same way that they always would. Tell them that they should talk to your parent and involve them in the celebration as much as possible. Help them to see that this is still a joyous occasion and something for you all to enjoy together.
• Support them sharing memories. Encourage your family members to bring along memories to share with your loved one. This can be pictures from past celebrations, home videos, or even newsletters that they want to share. This will help to reconnect your parent to family members, trigger their memory skills, and encourage forming new precious memories.
Elderly care can be extremely beneficial for an aging adult who is coping with Alzheimer’s disease, particularly during the challenges of the holiday season. As a family caregiver you are focused on your parent’s needs, challenges, and limitations, but you also know that you have other obligations and responsibilities for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. An elderly home care services provider can step in and fill any care gaps that might exist during this time of year and provide the support, encouragement, assistance, and care necessary to keep them safe, healthy, and happy, but also help them to be as engaged with the holiday celebrations as possible. This can reduce anxiety and stress, minimize negative behaviors, and give you peace of mind that they are getting everything that they need even when you are not able to be with them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Fountain Hills, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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