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Caregiver Tips: Preparing for the Holidays

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 8:00 am on

When you’re a family caregiver, you are already juggling many roles. You may have a spouse, children, a job and other social obligations that you are trying to balance with your caregiving responsibilities. Throw in the upcoming holidays and your stress and anxiety levels may start to escalate.  To help you survive this holiday season with your health intact, Home Care Assistance Sonoma County offers some of our top tips for family caregivers:

  1. Start Planning Early – The best way to avoid major holiday stress is to start your planning right now. Grab a notebook and get organized with a few well thought out lists. Along with a well planned out list for your caregiving schedule, you’ll need lists of gifts, events you need to attend, food you need to make, cards or letters to be sent and any special cleaning that needs to be done.
  2. Schedule Time for Yourself – When the hustle and bustle of the holidays starts to overwhelm you, it’s easy to forget that you need some time to relax and recharge. When you are looking at your calendar and getting everything scheduled, write in some time for yourself and stick to your date. If you are concerned about who will care for your aging parent or loved one, a great gift to yourself could be help from a professional part-time Sonoma County caregiver. Professional caregivers ensure your loved one’s needs are met while you take time to attend to your own health and other personal obligations.
  1. Stretch Your Money Over a Period of Weeks – One of the most stressful parts of the holidays for many people is money management. To make your dollars stretch farther, start buying food and gifts several weeks in advance. This way you only have to spend a little bit each week and the end amount doesn’t seem overwhelming.
  1. Ask for Help – Don’t try to be a superhero and do it all by yourself. Enlist the help of family and friends to get your house cleaned, desserts made and gifts wrapped. Don’t forget that your senior may also have ways to contribute. Perhaps they can wrap some gifts or address some envelopes. Make sure they feel involved in what is going on around them so they don’t feel left out.

By following these four simple steps, you can breeze through this year’s holiday season with a stress-free outlook. And if you need to turn to a professional caregiver for assistance during the holidays, look no further than Home Care Assistance Sonoma County. Our caregivers are expertly trained and experienced and can offer the helping hand you need to manage your caregiving and holiday responsibilities. And with options for hourly and live-in care for Sonoma County seniors, your loved one can enjoy the perfect level of care for their individual needs, on a schedule that works best for you.

For more information or to schedule a complimentary, in-person consultation, with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Care Managers, call 707-843-4368 to speak to a knowledgeable Care Manager (707) 843.4368 today.