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Help Your Elderly Loved One Manage Holiday Stress

By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on

The holidays are a great time for family and friends to get together and enjoy each other’s company, but it can often lead to stressful times for all involved, especially aging loved ones. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to help your senior loved one deal with the stresses of the approaching holidays. Here are just a few of the many different ways to assist your loved one through the holiday season, presented by Home Care Assistance Palm Beach.

Share the Responsibility
Buying gifts and preparing meals can become very stressful during the holidays for seniors who feel like they have to do it all on their own. Keep your loved one’s stress level low by sharing the responsibility. Help him or her create a holiday budget and gift list, and take them shopping. You can also let them know you are happy to take on the holiday cooking, and offer to help them prepare their daily meals during this busy season. If your schedule unfortunately doesn’t allow for much time dedicated to your loved one, hire a senior caregiver in Palm Beach that can assist him or her on a daily basis. A caregiver can grocery shop, prepare meals, take your loved one holiday shopping, drive them to holiday parties, and help with any other tasks that may arise.

Help Your Loved One Decorate
Your aging loved one may not be able to get around quite as well as they used to and could probably use a hand decorating. Enlist your siblings, other family members, and children to help put up a Christmas tree, hang lights on the outside of the home, or simply put out little decorations within the home or on the front porch. Turn it into a fun family event with holiday treats and music.

Take the Festivities to Your Loved One
It can be difficult for seniors to get around, especially if it’s particularly cold and snowy outside. Instead of having your loved one travel during the winter, if their home can accommodate it, bring the festivities to them. Hosting dinner or a holiday party at their home will not only make them feel more included and useful during the season, but they will appreciate not having to leave their home.

Holidays are supposed to be about family and friends, not stress. With these tips, your aging loved one can enjoy the holidays without worry or anxiety. To find a caregiver near you who can provide hourly or live-in care in Palm Beach, call Home Care Assistance at (561) 429-8292 to schedule a free in-home consultation today.