Family Caregiving and Thanksgiving

family-caregiving-and-thanksgivingFamily Caregiving and Thanksgiving

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, then you are probably familiar with the rush that comes along with this holiday. You may want to cook, do last minute shopping, entertain guests, and so on. Needless to say, you might be a bit tied up during this time. If you are a family caregiver wanting to celebrate Thanksgiving, then doing so may be difficult. Caregiving comes with plenty of responsibilities and adding on the required tasks that come with preparing for the holidays may be overwhelming. Your loved one may have a medical condition that can make it difficult to include him or her in family plans. If this describes your situation, then ElderCare will be happy to share some tips that can help you with this often hurried time of year.

The first thing to consider is whether or not your loved one would like to celebrate during the holidays. If so, then where would you go? Would you want to visit someone else’s house or would you host a gathering in your home? Hosting a meal at your home may be easier than traveling if your loved one will not feel overwhelmed by visitors and guests. Most importantly, you should determine if your loved one is capable of attending a family meal or traveling anywhere.

Your loved one’s level of health will determine to what extent they can participate in family gatherings. There are cases where it is obviously clear that your loved one may not be able to participate in Thanksgiving. If they are immobilized or have an aggressive form of dementia, then they probably will not be able to attend or handle large group settings. If it is ambiguous whether or not your loved one can handle larger group settings like a family dinner, then think about what makes them most comfortable. Ask them if they would like to see some family and friends for the holidays. If you do not think your loved one can handle busy situations, then you either cannot go or must find a way ensure that your loved can be in an environment that is comfortable. If your loved one can express his or her thoughts to you clearly, then you will know how to proceed more easily. Since certain medical conditions can make it difficult for your loved one to communicate his or her thoughts reliably, you might have to spend some time considering whether they will be comfortable in certain settings. You should not rule out the possibility of attending a family meal even if your loved one may not be able to go. There are places you can call to provide you relief.

Finding Relief

Caregiving services exist to provide you relief during times like these. ElderCare at Home believes that caregivers should be mindful of their own physical and mental health since caregiving is a strenuous role that consumes a lot of time and energy. It is normal and healthy to want to socialize and do things apart from caregiving. You should not feel guilty for considering options for relief since it will allow you to cherish a valuable time of the year. If you think you would like to find respite services, then call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website to learn more!