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Enjoy the Holiday Season while Caring for a Senior with Alzheimer’s

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You can have a grand time  with your loved one during the holidays

Suggestions from the Team at Home Instead, Etobicoke

Autumn is a glorious time of year. The foliage on trees is something to behold in many areas of the country. The chill in the air also brings with it the sense of excitement as the holidays are just around the corner. This can be a bittersweet time when you are caring for an Alzheimer’s patient. On good days, you may remember how much your mother enjoyed Christmas. On bad days, you may wonder if it is worth taking time to celebrate. The good news is that you can still have a grand time with your loved one.

Adapt family rituals and traditions so that everyone can still enjoy the upcoming holiday season, including your senior. The additional assistance you can get with a personal support work from Home Instead Senior Care can help alleviate with the day-to-day duties throughout the year. We provide assistance with respite care, home health care for Alzheimer’s patients, companionship, or personal care. You and your family need extra support during this trying time. We’re here to help.

3 Tips for Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients During the Holidays

You may not be able to have your mom bake her famous peanut butter cookies or watch her elaborate gift wrapping skills, but the holidays can still be a fabulous time. Try these tips:

  • Start with finding the right balance for you and your senior. It is okay not to celebrate every holiday this season. Pick the one or two that mean the most to you and include your senior as much as possible. Establish those limits and be clear about them with others. Explain that things are different now as Mom’s disease has escalated.
  • Prepare your guests for the changes they will see in your mom or dad. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that changes your loving family members. Let your guests know that Mom may not remember them. It is nothing personal; it is the disease taking your mother’s memory. Let them know of any unusual behaviours they may see, and give them examples so that they are not caught off guard.
  • Get Dad ready for the festivities before it happens. About a week before the event, try showing him photos of those that will be attending, and explain who they are. If possible, have Dad talk to the guest on the phone beforehand. Try to keep his routine as close to normal as possible on the day of the event.

Embrace the Holidays with Help from Home Instead Senior Caregivers

Make new holiday memories by taking simple steps to prepare your senior, your guests, and yourself. Enlist in the help of a qualified caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke. Our team is happy to help you and your loved one with dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, or any of our additional senior care services. We enjoy serving families and have several resources to help you through this season of life.

Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care for seniors we deliver each day to families in our Etobicoke community.


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