Caregiving Tips: Weekly Recap – Holidays

Another week gone and another 365 Caregiving Tips: Weekly Recap is here.  On Monday, December 5, 2016 Trish posted last weeks recap at:


Let’s get ready for the holidays! 
Before we get started, know that not all the tips we posted last week are specific to just the holidays. Tip 56, for instance, can be used at any time during the year while waiting at the doctor’s office or in the hospital. Using the general tips, though, can be even more helpful during the holidays since the holidays not only bring added cheer but also added stress.

Photo by Trish Hughes Kreis
ACK! Take a deep breath and let’s get through the holidays together. 

The tips posted on the website last week are from the “Holidays” and “General Caregiving Tips” chapters of 365 Caregiving Tips: Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers and we hope these help you plan for and enjoy the holidays.

Yes, I said “enjoy.” Even though our caregiving doesn’t stop through the holidays it is important to find ways for us to enjoy them too.

Here are a few tips to help you get through the holidays and actually enjoy them! Good luck!

Tip 23. Keep extra supplies on hand. Your loved one might use disposable adult briefs, which you may get through hospice or have delivered to the house. Always make sure there is an extra package on hand. You never know when you will go through them faster than anticipated or when a delivery will be delayed. (Changes in schedules due to the holidays or weather delays in winter make this a timely tip.)

Tip 38. Medical alert bracelets are a good investment for loved ones with memory or cognitive problems, epilepsy, chronic pain or heart conditions as well as many others. (They make a great gift too!)

Tip 56. Use an electronic tablet for games or other programs to keep your loved one entertained and interested during long waits. (Another gift idea!)

Tip 246. Let people know if there will be a change in the gift giving. Maybe it’s no longer possible for you to buy gifts for the 12 family members you see at Christmas. Suggest a different plan as early as possible before people start their shopping. One suggestion might be that each person brings one $25 gift card, wrapped and then you make a game out of picking the gift cards.

Tip 252. Have a gift wrapping party. Have people over to help wrap presents (either yours or those of your loved one).

Tip 253. Does your loved one like music? Play holiday music as often as possible to get everyone in a festive mood.

Tip 254. Take advantage of downtime (or make time for downtime) and watch a traditional holiday classic with your loved one. Who can resist Frosty the Snowman or It’s a Wonderful Life? 

My favorite tip this week? Tip 254 only because I can’t resist Frosty! J

Don’t forget to check out the tips on the website here, on Twitter and our Facebook page. The tips coming up this week will be about maintaining pulmonary health. We need all the help we can get as we go through the cold and flu season!

We hope these tips make your caregiving life a little easier during the holidays and always.

With care and kindness,                                     Trish 


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