As a caregiver, the holidays often feel like just another source of stress and worry. This doesn’t have to be the case! Find out how to have a happy holiday as a caregiver.
Giving gifts is hard especially when you are giving to someone with any kind of special need. Finding meaningful gifts for someone with Dementia presents an unusual challenge. Dementia changes a person. The things your loved one once enjoyed now just bring them confusion and pain. What can you give to someone with Dementia?
Including your loved one initially seems stressful. You don’t know what to expect from them. Will they really enjoy themselves? Is this just wasted effort? Will including them bring me more stress and ruin my holiday season? What’s important is that you show them through your efforts that they are still important.
When keeping your elderly loved one involved in the holiday season, it’s important to remember that your plans don’t have to be elaborate, expensive, or exciting. Your goal is to make memories with your elderly loved one not for them.
We hear a lot these days about making choices and how they’re our choices to make. Our society likes the idea of us making a choice for ourselves while our friends and family do nothing but applaud our individuality. Everyday however, caregivers are experiencing the backlash of our parents’ and loved ones’ individual lifestyle choices.