Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Safety First Home Holiday Preparation
The thought of adding one more thought or item to the long list of preparations for your holiday festivities may be a daunting task. However, families of those with Alzheimer’s disease know just how critical it is to plan ahead for these overwhelming times.
Normal holiday routines can be altered to better suit the life of your loved one by using the following tips.
- Most families decorate their Christmas tree together and that does not have to change, however, small or sharp objects should be removed from the process. Allow your loved one to hang ornaments that are not glass or too small. You want to avoid anything that can be mistaken for food or candy.
- Hanging lights is always fun and a site to see, but keep in mind that hanging lights outside of your loved ones window can alter their sleeping pattern. You do not want them to mistake the outdoor lights for sunlight. Instead decorate other locations or make sure to use a timer that disconnects those lights at bedtime.
- Remember that crowds can be frightening to an Alzheimer’s patient. When planning holiday parties try to keep that crowd to a minimum or plan ahead with breaks in mind and/or a designated person to be with your loved one during the party to provide comfort.
- Traveling should be discussed with your loved one’s physician before planning a big travel day. If traveling may be too much, try bringing the vacation to you. Invite friends and family that you normally drive to see to visit your house this year for the holidays.
- The holidays revolve around food and that is okay to remain the same! Just keep your loved ones eating habits in mind when planning. Special diets, times of day, and ways of eating should all still be adhered to. It is best to not disrupt their normal eating habits and work it into your plan.
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