The holidays can be busy enough for any individual, but when a person is charged with also taking care of an elderly loved one, the stresses of this time of year can quickly build up. You want to make sure that your loved one enjoys the holidays and that family traditions are upheld, but boy, what a difficult task it can be.
5 Tips for Indianapolis Senior Caregivers During the Holidays
This is true whether your other fulltime job is as a Carmel accountant, a Fishers attorney, or someone who helps Indianapolis seniors and older adults move and organize their lives.
I've put together a few tips below to help Indianapolis caregivers deal with the busyness of the holidays.
Bring the Party to Them
Instead of traveling, invite people to the home of the one who is receiving care. This will minimize the stress of travel for them and you, while creating a comfortable environment.
Potlucks are Great!
As a caregiver, there is no need for you to be in charge of everything. Make the festivities potluck, asks guests to bring food and drink, and don't be shy about requesting help with cleanup.
Small is Good
A large number of guests can be confusing and even stressful for your loved one, so make get-togethers an intimate occasion with just a few attendees.
Be honest when asked about what gifts you or your loved one need or would like to receive. Let them know what would be most beneficial for you and the one who is receiving care. Ask for things like caregiving help or a gift certificate from grocery stores or other service providers (like cleaners and laundries) that may deliver. After all, the greatest gift is about making life easier and more enjoyable for both you and your loved one.
Learn to Rely on Others and Make Time for Yourself
While it may seem difficult, you can find time for naps or the occasional night out. Again, don't be shy about asking for some help. You'll be surprised at the number of people who care enough about you to lend a hand!