Caregiving during the holiday season brings upon itself a certain set of unique challenges. Not only is there an extra burden on you if you are hosting or traveling for the holidays, but the holidays inevitably represent a busy and stressful time for all of us. Below are some tips for effectively managing the task of Caregiver during this stressful time of the year:
Set realistic goals:
This rule applies for both the Caregiver and the person who needs help. Establishing realistic expectations about what you can manage without wearing yourself down, and presenting this game plan to those you are helping, can establish what both of you can expect during the holiday season, and help to avoid surprises along the way.
Have a plan:
Along those same lines, having a travel or party schedule readily available can help you and your loved one be better mentally prepared for potential stressful events. Additionally, planning for potential problems that could arise, such as your loved one feeling overwhelmed or a medical problem, can help you act more calmly and quickly in the moment. And while it should not be expected that you can prepare for everything, things happen, approaching problems with a relaxed mindset from all the preparation can help keep cool in the face of the unexpected.
Discover who can help, and with what:
With preparation comes the formation of your team. Once you’ve set realistic goals for yourself and prepared for what is required during the holiday season, you’ll most likely find that some of your goals cannot be accomplished alone. This is where contacting friends and family and discussing your plan as soon as possible comes into play. Letting them know where you will need help early will allow them to find the time they need to assist you, and you to figure out where extra assistance, such as companionship or grocery shopping for your loved one, may be needed from an outside source.
If you need help in creating a holiday game plan, or your plan shows that you may require more assistance than you have at the moment, you can always call one of our Care Advisors at 317-581-1100.