Our aging loved ones are often the centerpiece of family gatherings, having formed so many fond memories over the years. In addition, they can usually tell us funny and inspiring stories about those who may have passed before our time! However, during the holidays, it can be easy to forget that our senior family members may have different needs and limitations than we do. With that in mind, CJ & Associates Care Consulting has some essential tips to help you enjoy this time of family fellowship to the fullest!
Help Them Decorate
Every family is different, but you may be shocked to know that some people are just beginning to decorate for the holidays! If your family falls into this category, it is essential to remember to help your elderly loved ones with their decorations. Many people become more stubborn as they get older and may just decide to try to climb a ladder and do it themselves if they don’t get the help they need!
Furthermore, it is vital to ensure you don’t have trip or fire hazards in areas where your senior family members may be transiting. One of the worst things that can happen in your old age is an unexpected fall, as this can quickly become an urgent visit to the hospital. Unnecessary trip hazards are easily prevented by a simple walkthrough before the celebration begins.
Consider Dietary Needs
For many of us, the holidays are not just associated with family, but also with good food! We advise taking the time to consider your aging loved one’s dietary needs during meal preparation to ensure you aren’t accidentally posing a risk to their health. After that, all that is left is to enjoy the feast!
Large family gatherings can be stressful and overwhelming for elderly loved ones who live alone or struggle with dementia or anxiety. This is because it is a massive change of pace from their normal day-to-day activities. The simplest way to address this issue is to check on them occasionally and watch for signs that they are becoming overwhelmed. If that is the case, try to limit the activity around them or get them into a quieter setting.
If you are struggling to continue providing good care for your senior loved one, CJ & Associates Care Consulting can help. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact us today!