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Coping with Caregiver Stress During the Holidays

Caregiver Stress in Wellesley, MA

Caregiver-StressThe end of the year holiday celebrations and festivities shouldn’t be a time to dread. Although it has become just that for many caregivers across the country. Millions of family caregivers feel the added stress during this time of year as they try to carry out their routines amidst the holiday hustle and bustle while looking after an elderly loved one.

Some caregivers don’t even realize that stress has become a concern they need to address even though they are more anxious, irritable, quick-tempered, and tired than usual. Others may recognize the signs of caregiver stress but don’t feel they are in a position to do anything about it.

Coping with caregiver stress during the holidays is going to mean taking a few proactive steps.

1. Get others involved, including your loved one if he or she has the capabilities.

After all, this is the most wonderful time of year, isn’t it? It can be. Plan ahead and get others involved in the preparations for the day of gathering. Don’t try to cook everything yourself or even decorate all alone. Make a list of what needs to get done and then discuss with other family members, friends, and the senior in your care about how they would be willing to contribute.

2. Keep it simple.

We all have our holiday traditions that we like to keep every year, but depending on the limitations of your loved one whom you provide care for, you may need to make some adjustments to activities. Keep it simple and pick out the most meaningful activities that will bring the most joy to everyone. Don’t be afraid to start new traditions.

3. Hire a home care aide from a local agency.

Home care agencies can provide with an experienced caregiver to meet the needs of your loved one. They also do background and reference checks so that you will know your loved one is in good hands.

You can decide whether you need help one or two days a week for a few hours a day or every day for as many hours as you want. This will free up some of your time to allow you to run errands, take care of things in your own life, and even enjoy some time out with friends.

Holidays don’t have to be overrun by caregiver stress. Follow the steps mentioned above and you and your loved one will be on your way to having a great holiday.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in  MA or anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts, please call the caring staff at CARE Resolutions – (508) 906-5572.

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.