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How to Handle the Holidays with an Alzheimer’s Patient

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Tips to handle the holidays with an alzheimer’s patient

4 Suggestions to Make the Season More Enjoyable

Alzheimer’s robs a person of their cognitive and physical abilities. Each stage of the disease affects the patient differently. At no other time is this more evident than during the holidays. The family may feel a sense of loss for the way things used to be. Caregivers often struggle with the added responsibilities and work associated with the season. Some may feel like giving up on the festivities altogether.

With a little adjustment, you, your loved one, and your family can continue to enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. For those times when things get a little overwhelming, look to Home Instead Senior Care in Mississauga for help with dementia and Alzheimer’s care, as well as respite care for those times when you need a break. We work with you to make new memories.

Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga is once again offering our community a chance to spread joy to local seniors. Through the Be a Santa to a Senior® program, community members can give a senior a special holiday gift. Read more here

We wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season!

4 Tips for Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients during the Holidays

Throughout the year, you make arrangements for your mom or dad to accommodate the effects of the disease. With the holidays, there can be more to do as family descends on the scene, which can cause confusion and anxiety for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Here are some ways you can mitigate the effects of everything about to happen so that everyone can have a good time, including Mom and Dad:

  • Create the right environment for the patient. It all starts here with developing the right environment that allows Dad to enjoy the season without causing anxiety. Consider toning down on decorations that blink or cause you to have to rearrange a familiar room. Substitute electric candles in place of burning ones. Avoiding placing wax or plastic fruit out as it could be mistaken for real fruit and eaten. Play some familiar holiday tunes at a relaxing sound level.
  • Prepare family members for their visit. When your brother comes in, he may be shocked to see Mom’s condition. It’s a good idea to let visitors know ahead of time how she is doing, what behaviours you may witness, and how to respond to her repeated questions. Since they do not see her on a day-to-day basis, they may be ill-equipped to understand what she is doing or saying.
  • Keep your mom or dad involved in the preparations. It will take some adjustment, but Mom can help bake cookies, or Dad can wrap presents. Include them as much as possible so that they can enjoy the holidays to their fullest.
  • Take some time for yourself. If a friend or family member offers to sit with Dad for a few hours, take them up on the offer! It would help if you had some time to unwind and break away from the stress and strain. If necessary, hire a home healthcare aid to give you respite to enjoy some time doing what you want to do.

Get the Support You Need for the Holidays from Home Instead Senior Care

Ease the stress and strain of the holidays with help from a qualified senior caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care, Mississauga. We are happy to assist you and your loved one with personalized senior care services. We love serving families in and around the Mississauga area with additional alzheimer's resources to help you through the holidays and throughout the year. Our caregivers go the extra mile, day after day, to keep your seniors comfortable and happy. For that, we are happy to recognize their efforts with a simple CAREGiver of the Month Award. It’s our way of saying, “Thank You”!

Call us at (905) 276-2273 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 Mississauga community.


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