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In-home Caregivers in San Marcos Want Seniors to Enjoy the Holidays
How do you feel when everyone has finally left your house, or you return to your own home after gathering with the family for Thanksgiving? Happy, full of food, and completely exhausted, most likely. Just think how tired your senior family members must be, with the marathon of Thanksgiving activity that spans several days for most families. Most seniors have settled into a normal, low-energy daily routine, and the holidays can throw them into a flurry of activity that threatens their health. In-home caregivers in San Marcos want to make sure you know how you can help your elderly loved ones enjoy—and recover from—the holidays this year.
Prepare and Recover
Make sure your loved one knows what to expect when the holidays arrive. Don’t assume that he or she knows where they are going for a family gathering, or even what day it is. Remind seniors frequently about upcoming changes to their routine, so that they can mentally prepare for them. Make arrangements for prescriptions and any physical exercise routines to continue uninterrupted. And after the holidays are over, take the time to help them make the transition back to “normal” life. When family has finally gone home, a senior can be vulnerable to feelings of depression when the house is suddenly quiet again.
Make the Holidays Special
Do you know what your elderly parent’s favorite holiday traditions are? Make sure they are prominently featured in your family’s celebration. Keep your senior closely involved in what’s going on, not leaving them to watch from the sidelines. At the same time, be sensitive to the signs of fatigue. If a senior’s normal bedtime is 8:00, don’t lose track of the time—make sure he isn’t kept up too late. Lack of sleep can lead to low immunity and open the door to illness.
Heading to the mall for some Christmas shopping? That may not be the best environment for your senior loved ones. Contact your in-home caregivers in San Diego County for expert, compassionate care while you handle the holiday preparations. We look forward to helping you make the holidays happy for everyone in your family!