While the holidays might be the most wonderful time of year, they are also inevitably one of the busiest times. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. Unfortunately for many seniors, the holidays are especially lonely and isolating due to the weather and hectic schedules of their loved ones. Check out our top tips to successfully navigate the holiday season with elderly parents and loved ones, so everyone can enjoy the magical season:
- Remember your loved ones – This might go without saying, but as you make your holiday plans, don’t forget to include your senior family members. More than anything, your loved ones will appreciate the gift of time. Carve out extra time in your and your kids’ schedules to spend with your elderly relatives. They will appreciate it more than you know.
- Consider medication schedules and dietary needs – The holiday season naturally lends itself to extra calories and changes in schedules. As you consider your plans, don’t forget to make arrangements for your loved one’s medication requirements and dietary needs and try to keep their schedule as consistent as possible.
- Plan for mobility challenges – If your elderly parents face mobility challenges, don’t forget to account for this in your holiday plans. Shopping marathons or activities requiring long periods of standing should be avoided, or at least make sure a walker or wheelchair is available for use if needed.
- Holidays aren’t always happy – Don’t forget, holidays bring up lots of emotions for all of us, including our parents. They may be missing a deceased spouse or longing for the days of small children. Be available to them if they want to talk about it, and encourage them to attend holiday parties and other events with their church or other civic groups.
- Plan some downtime – When considering your holiday plans, make sure there is adequate time for rest. All the commotion and activities can become overwhelming, and leave our elderly loved ones exhausted and anxious about being able to keep up!
- Ask for help – If you’re feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Senior Life Solutions for a free consultation and to get connected to the help you need.
We know caring for an elderly loved one can be challenging, especially during the already busy holiday season. All too often in helping others meet their day-to-day needs, we find ourselves overwhelmed, frustrated, or feeling guilty as we try to manage the responsibilities by ourselves. Caring for an older adult does not have to be isolating, involve guilt, or cause hardship for you and your family. Senior Life Solutions’ professional care management and counseling services help facilitate comprehensive solutions to living well, even during the holidays. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you and your family navigate the care of elderly family members during the holidays and beyond.