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Senior Home Care That Supports The Trip to Grandma's House in Rochester, NY
Tis the season, the season where many seniors find themselves stressing over the fact that it's time for the annual holiday gathering of the clan!
The holiday season is the one time of year when many families around the country travel to Grandma's house for a meal. It might be great for the kids and grandkids, after all, it’s the holidays, but according to many seniors is their most stressful time of the year.
As providers of senior home care, we know that for grandma or grandpa it's all about the routines in their lives. Anything that upsets the routine is a cause for anxiety and stress. Thankfully, with a little careful planning, you can eliminate most of the stress for your elderly loved ones and turn the whole event into one of joy and togetherness. Here are a few ideas for you:
Everyone Digs In
Rather than expecting Grandma (or Grandpa) to do all the cooking, why not have everyone bring a dish to the party and appoint someone to cook the turkey, ham, or whatever your main dish happens to be. This is a great way to take the stress and worry from Grandma's shoulders.
Give 'em a Break
Grandma and Grandpa are probably used to a pretty quiet house. When you heap lots of company on them, including kids, this can become very stressful. Plan a little outdoor activity that lets your elderly loved ones take a break, or even a nap will help.
Gifts Not Needed
Many seniors live on a fixed budget, making the idea of gift giving extremely stressful. Try cutting back by creating a fun game out of having grandma pull a name out of a hat each year. This leaves them with only one gift to buy or better yet have everyone write down a favorite memory to share. Simple ways to relieve stress.
An Eye on Grandma
Having a large group of people (even family) in their house can bring on exhaustion and an overall feeling of being "out of it." Having a family member or senior home care provider watch out for signs of this can help you to arrange for rest time or maybe just something to do.
If you are the one who takes care of your elderly loved ones, be aware you might need a break yourself. At Comfort Keepers, we offer respite care that is intended to give you a break. Our caregivers can help with a wide range of homemaking and holiday preparation chores including cleaning and helping with holiday decorations. Most of all they, are there to give you a break.
Bear in mind that every little detail needs to be taken into account in your planning as this will go a long way towards making the holiday as stress-free as possible for grandma, grandpa, and everyone else. Contact us online anytime or give us a call for more expert advice or to setup short-term senior home care for the holidays. (585) 209-3728.
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