Caregivers: Prepare Now for the Holidays

Nothing is more important than your family and we respect your need for support, specifically around the holidays.

For most of us, the holidays are a time filled with the joy and spirit of the season. It is a special time of family, close friends and sharing the holiday cheer. It is also a time for expressions of faith and remembering the many blessings we enjoy. At the same time, the holidays are also a very busy time of year.

In addition to your regular daily routines, there are shopping lists to fill, parties to attend, cookies to bake and long lines at the shopping malls to navigate. For all of its joy, the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the holiday season can be rather hectic and draining, even for the most energetic among us.

However, the normal holiday stress that we feel often pales in comparison to what caregivers of loved ones experience at this time of year. For them it is a very challenging and sometimes very emotional time.

Coping with the Unique Challenges of the Season

If you’re like many who are caring for a loved one, the season may not feel so merry and there are so many emotions. You may have memories of better times prior and reminders of what has changed. Often, it’s a time when you believe you should be happy, yet with increased stress and the emotional roller-coaster often cause stress.

At the same time, you may think that you should live up to expectations of family traditions and how things “should” be. As a caregiver, it isn’t realistic to think that you will be able to “do everything”. Give yourself some kudos and a break as well and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Tips for a Happy Holiday

Here are 3 tips you can leverage to best enjoy your holidays.

  1. To start, one suggested approach is to make a list of those things that hold the most meaning and value for you and your family; focus on those.
  2. Once you have set your priorities, you can then review your typical holiday activities and decide which you want to retain and which you can live without this year.
  3. Share your list with other family members and agree on what makes the most sense for everyone involved – including your loved one.

Keep the Spirit Bright and the Anxiety Low

With that in mind, Hopkinton Home Care offers additional tips and support to make your holidays less stressful for you, your loved one and the entire family.

For example:

  • Focus: Remember, no one can do it all! Avoid taking on too many tasks and consider scaling down your traditions… and again, focus on a top 3 and do them with support.
  • Calming: Loved ones with declining health can feel overwhelmed or feel like a burden. Create a sense of calmness and make it work for all.
  • Keep it Simple: Over decorating and using bright blinking lights can be overwhelming to all – keep it simple with your traditions. One thing that is important as well, do not rearrange your furniture as this can cause confusion, specifically if dementia or memory loss is an issue. Added stress is unnecessary!
  • Be Honest: Let your family and friends know what to expect and how best to communicate with your loved one. Let them know that their patience and understanding is important and appreciated.
  • Ask for Help: Frequently, friends and relatives want to help but don’t know how. Ask them for specific assistance during the holidays.

As you prepare for the holidays, ask for help from a service like Hopkinton Home Care to do the medical management, travel to and from doctor appointments and companionship while you plan and prepare, as appropriate.

We Support You

At Hopkinton Home Care, we understand the challenges that caregivers face and we are always here to help. Nothing is more important than you family and we respect your need for support, specifically around the holidays.

Our unique services offer a variety of support designed to help families meet the challenges of caring for a loved one during this time.

When you contact us, you will notice that we want to answer YOUR questions and respond to any concerns that you may have. Only after we learn what you need can we let you know how we can meet those needs. Give us a call: 508-544-4650.

For more information about these services, please contact Mr. Bill Marr – or via phone: 508-544-4650.

Our services include:

  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Assistance with Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Managing Medications
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Laundry
  • Ironing
  • Making and Changing Beds
  • Meal Planning
  • Meal Preparation
  • Running Errands
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Escorting to and from Appointments
  • Gardening and Yard Work
  • Pet Care
  • Plant Care
  • Mailing Bills and Letters
  • Picking Up Dry Cleaning
  • Crafting and Games
  • Conversation and Companionship

And much more. If you have a need and do not see it listed please ask!

Our service areas include Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Southborough, Upton, Westborough, Whitinsville and surrounding towns in the MetroWest.

Contact Us Today or call 508-544-4650.

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