Part of our responsibility as Aging Life Care™ Professionals is to collaborate together, knowing that we are stronger together. This is one of our core values at Choices in Senior Care and we commit ourselves to doing this routinely. With the Holiday season upon us, our experience has shown that this is a time filled with many wonderful memories for our clients and their families. This is also a time when many of our clients and families are seeing each other for the first time after a good period of time.
Holiday visits are always something we all look forward to with our aging parents. There are many things to celebrate as a family. There are also many things you can do to help ensure your holiday visits are memorable. Here are just a few:
- Understand that as we age, we change. It’s important to “respond” to any situation that arises rather than react. Maintaining patience goes a long way.
- If you’re visiting with a loved one and you notice changes, take note of this but consider waiting to discuss this with your loved one. Any change or decline in health may be an uncomfortable conversation for a loved one to have and it can also be quite embarrassing to them. Consider waiting until the right time to bring up any concerns (if appropriate).
- Memory loss can lead to periods of irritability or withdrawal, especially with elderly loved ones. Engaging and reminiscing with your loved ones can be a great way to bring them into any conversation. Nobody will know your loved ones better than their family, so try to find the good in each conversation to keep your loved ones engaged.
- If you have a loved one who seems more withdrawn than normal, find something that might comfort them and try to introduce this subtly. This could be a new activity they’ve picked up or even a brief walk.
Everyone at Choices in Senior Care wishes everyone a safe and memorable Holiday season. We are here for you and if you have any questions you can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
by Jeremy Painter, LPN, Aging Life Care Associate