Surviving Your First Holiday as a New Caregiver

by | Dec 1, 2015 | With Your Family in Mind

 Those who are new to the role of caregiving may be wondering how they can survive the holidays.  They may be unsure of how to handle the increased demands that come during this time of the year. While caring for a loved one can pose challenges during the holiday season, knowing what to expect can make a huge difference.
Changes in a Loved One’s Behaviors
The holidays are often a joyous time but for some seniors, the once happy time of the year is replaced with feelings of sadness or depression as they reflect on life changes which can include loss of family and friends or decline in physical abilities.  Anticipate that your loved one may be more reluctant to participate in daily care activities and they may be easily agitated or withdrawn. The changes and additional activities that accompany the holiday season may leave them feeling more confused and anxious, possibly driving them to act out.
Issues Will Arise No Matter What
Even the most organized and well thought out caregivers have to amend their original plans. Things will undoubtedly arise that prevent you from doing the things you planned. Do your best to be flexible.  The right mindset can help you tackle your day’s responsibilities with a smile.
You Are Going to Need Help
Don’t feel guilty asking for help especially during the holiday season.  For instance, enlist help from family and friends for simple errands.  You can also look to professional in-home care services which can range from help with household chores to medication reminders and transportation for seniors. When your loved one is in the hands of a professional caregiver, you can also take the respite you need and deserve.
Get help for the holidays from Home Care Assistance of Santa Clarita.  Visit or call 661-259-9914.

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