If you’re caring for an aging loved one, you know how difficult this time of year can be. Everything from gifts, to meals, to travel can present myriad challenges. To help ease some stress, we’ve put together some basic tips for you to consider. Please pass it on to others that may need some extra encouragement too.
- Food is Love. Have some treats, but try to encourage nutrition as well. Include meals that are easy to chew and digest. If certain food items from home are important, bring them.
- Take a Break. Avoid packed itineraries. Sometimes too much togetherness can lead to exhaustion and anxiety. Schedule rest/nap times and provide a place to do so privately.
- Doctors Orders. If traveling for an extended time, remember to collect and bring all medical information, physician numbers, prescriptions, medications, etc.
- Remember When. If your aging loved ones seem more confused than usual, don’t panic. This time of year causes our brains to work in overdrive, meshing memories from multiple years. It can be overwhelming and frustrating. Explain this phenomenon, it can ease anxiety about forgetfulness.
- Chin Up. Shorter days and cooler weather may trigger “the blues”. Pay close attention to your loved one’s mood and seek help if they can’t find relief. Winter in New England can be cold and dark, but it doesn’t have to be depressing.
- Frosty. Are the proper blankets available and accessible? Is the heat working appropriately? Oftentimes we feel embarrassed to speak up about the temperature in another’s home. Have the conversation ahead of time if you think it will be an issue.
- FaLaLa. Most importantly, keep the holiday cheerful.
Don’t forget to treasure these life moments. Happy Holidays from all of us at Always Best Care Metrowest.