As the holidays approach, many things go through a caregiver’s mind. How are we going to do this? Should I try to do a big holiday celebration for my loved one? Am I up to handling it? Can my loved one deal with it? Will the stress of the holidays be too much, or will it be a source of joy for both of us to continue old traditions and get together with others?
Even though they are enjoyable, holidays during a normal year can be somewhat stressful. When dealing with a caregiving situation, the holidays may require some adjustments. Here are some things to consider when planning your holidays this year:
1. Find out what your loved one wants this holiday season. Just ask. Does he or she want to experience Christmas exactly as you have celebrated it in the past? If your loved one is in fair condition and able to eat and enjoy the holidays, try to respect their wishes. If your loved one is feeling quite ill or in a lot of pain, he or she may not wish to do a formal Christmas celebration. On the other hand, enjoying something, anything, that presents as a normal holiday could be a positive experience for many. Read More→