According to the AARP, family caregivers provided 37 billion hours of care in 2013 alone. Over half (55%) of family caregivers reported feeling overwhelmed and the majority (60%) had full- or part-time jobs in addition to their caregiving responsibilities. Although well-intentioned, family caregivers can often be inexperienced with the care needs of an aging loved one and may find it difficult to balance their loved one’s needs with children, social and work responsibilities. As we enter the holiday season, Home Care Assistance is proud to offer a new expert guide designed to help family caregivers care for senior loved ones and for themselves during one of the most stressful times of year.
“The Family Caregivers’ Guide to the Holidays” is comprised of practical solutions on supporting an older loved one through the holidays along with information on respite care services to help the caregivers themselves. Respite care is temporary care for an older adult which helps provide family caregivers with the much-needed relief to help avoid caregiver burnout. This guide is designed to relieve the stress often associated with the holiday season and is a first-of-its-kind holiday resource for family caregivers.
The holidays are a festive and joyous time of year for family and friends to gather and celebrate lifelong traditions. Home Care Assistance created this booklet to help family caregivers navigate the holiday season with minimal stress and lots of joy and laughter. This guide covers the following topics:
- Tips for Decorating the Home
- Advice for Senior-Friendly Holiday Gatherings
- Healthy Seasonal Recipes
- Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors
- Dementia Care Over the Holidays
- Taking Care of Yourself with Respite Care
Many caregivers express that caring for a loved one can be emotionally exhausting and struggle with balancing care and other obligations such as finding gifts for loved ones and organizing gatherings. This guide helps provide them with the knowledge that they need to provide the best care for an aging loved one while relieving some of the stress caregiving over the holidays can bring.
Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of others. Respite care in the form of highly skilled, compassionate caregivers can provide a helping hand or temporary relief. As the leading provider of in-home care for seniors, Home Care Assistance staff is available 24/7 to provide experienced, trustworthy caregivers to help with all care needs for seniors including transportation, healthy meal preparation, companionship, socialization, activities, personal care, medication reminders and care for advanced needs, such as dementia. Home care services are available on both an hourly and 24/7 live-in basis so that you are able to complete holiday errands with the peace of mind that your loved one is safe, comfortable and happy.
For more information on respite care or to download a free copy of our Holiday Survival Guide, visit www.HomeCareAssistance.com/Respite-Care.