Holiday Tips for Caregivers

Bethesda Health | December 21, 2016

The holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of year for seniors and their caregivers alike. A few simple holiday tips for caregivers can help to eliminate this stress.

According to Bethesda’s Geriatric Care Management team, planning ahead, keeping anticipation in check and taking advantage of the resources available to seniors and caregivers are the keys to keeping the holidays happy.

They also caution that it’s unlikely that things are going to go exactly as planned and that everyone is going to be happy all of the time. Typically, people are trying to pack everything into a short period of time, yet someone still has to make sure that Mom and Dad are taken care of properly.

Reasons why the holidays can be stressful

Tips for avoiding holiday problems

The key to creating a holiday experience that is full of positivity and creating good memories is to head off problems before they get out of control.

Sometimes, problems will arise. Knowing how to avoid and resolve issues before they happen is important.

Don’t forget: Bethesda is here to Help

If you’re not sure how to make these holiday tips for caregivers work for you, Bethesda has resources that can help  families throughout the Saint Louis area, not only during the holidays, but through the rest of the year too. We offer a variety of services to give both caregivers and their loved ones a break when they need it.

Throughout all of the chaos, remember to take time for yourself! Sometimes caregivers are so concerned about providing for someone else, they don’t take care of their own needs and responsibilities, leading to caregiver stress.

Contact Bethesda for help with these holiday tips for caregivers if you find yourself struggling.

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