Coping with Holidays as a Professional Home Caregiver
Posted: 12/16/2016 8:26 AM by Interim HealthCare
We all know that the Holidays can be a very stressful time just in living an ordinary family life. There is much confusion with the hustle and bustle of preparing for extra company, fixing special meals and playing host while also trying to enjoy the experience ourselves.
For the professional home caregiver, this time can add a completely new set of stresses to an already stressful situation. One of the most important points to remember as the professional caregiver in this situation is to try to maintain a sense of routine for individuals you are caring for as much as possible. Confusion and unfamiliar change often leads to anxiety and uneasiness for patients and clients. Imagine then, what it can do to someone with memory problems, dementia or physical impairments.
With this in mind, there are some tips, which may help make the holidays a little more enjoyable for all involved.
Holiday Tips for Professionals
- Focus on the individual’s remaining strengths, and let them use their own capabilities to help with small tasks. It makes them feel that they are being useful and occupies their time so they don’t dwell on what they can’t do.
- With the holidays comes decorating. Try to minimize the amount of clutter that this may add to prevent falls or injuries. There is no need to spread decorations or presents out so that they fill half the living room. This can create a safety hazard to the one you are caring for by tripping them up or confusing them.
- With all of the extra decorating comes the use of additional electrical cords. Be sure to secure all extra cords so that they are not a hazard. Try to have them run them along the outside walls where they are not so visible to the eye. Another good idea is to suggest maintaining the same furniture floor pattern to the other family members who may be involved. For someone who may be a little confused at times, moving the furniture around may totally throw them off and lead to more confusion and agitation.
- Suggest having any major activities for the day early in the day. We know that as the day wears on we all tend to become tired under normal conditions. For someone who is struggling to find their place in an already confusing world, the stress and agitation increases as the day goes on. Saving some time for sitting and quietly visiting towards the end of the day would benefit all concerned.
- Talking about past holiday customs and recipes may be enjoyable for your client if they have long-term memory recall. Just be sure to make the conversation positive as many people are prone to depression during the holidays. You can play a key role in making sure the holidays are cheery for everyone.