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Setting Realistic Goals as a Caregiver this Holiday Season

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 8:00 am on

Working in the Sonoma County home care industry, we understand that family caregivers can start to crave a sense of normalcy throughout the holiday season, wishing to return to the way things were prior to their loved one’s change in abilities or health condition. The desire to host large groups of family members and prepare massive dinners is often thwarted by all of the work that dedicated caregiving entails. Being unable to window shop, ice skate in seasonal rinks and join friends for spicy cups of eggnog can be disheartening. Fortunately, it is possible to achieve a healthy balance between entertaining and acting as primary caregiver. The first step in this process is to establish realistic goals.

Set Your Priorities

Before trying to muscle your way through the holidays and get everything done without suffering an emotional breakdown, take some time to determine which activities are most important to you. If this is spending more time with your extended family or decorating the home and cooking lavish meals, make sure to get the help and support you need. Respite or hourly care in Sonoma County care can be the ideal way to get a break from your normal duties as a caregiver so that you can do holiday shopping, meal planning and take care of other details that are at the top of your list without feeling guilty.

Recruit Family Members

Most adults get a fair amount of time off during the holiday season. Moreover, teenagers and college students who can pitch a hand are typically on their winter break from school. Make a list of all of the family members that can assist with companionship and care and start recruiting. Having visitors can be overwhelming for some aging adults, but being surrounded by loved ones will often brighten the spirits of those who have opted to age in place. These experiences can be rewarding for all parties and they will give you a chance to tend to your holiday duties.

Simplify Your Tasks

Consider ordering a ready-made holiday meal from one of your favorite catering companies or hiring a gift wrapping service to dress up your presents for you. There are even seasonal decorating companies that will put up trees, string lights and hang ornaments for their customers. Relying on these professionals and scheduling respite services when you need them is a great way to meet all of your holiday goals without wearing yourself down or neglecting your senior family member.

Enjoy the holiday season and get the help you need and deserve. Call Home Care Assistance Sonoma County at 707-843-4368 and schedule a complimentary, in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager and find the perfect caregiving schedule for you, your loved one and your family.