Checklist and Tips for Families to Prepare Loved One with Alzheimer’s for Holiday Season
Preparing a loved one living with Alzheimer’s to enjoy the festivities during the holidays takes careful planning. CalaCare offers the following checklist and tips for families to help a loved one remain centered and calm during the family outings.
Useful holiday tips for families and loved one living with Alzheimer’s:
- Show him/her pictures of people who will be visiting and talk about them
- Play his favorite holiday tunes and serve favorite holiday foods
- Get your loved one involved in the preparations—ask her to help you decorate, set the table, fold napkins.
- Write out name tags for the guests—people with Alzheimer’s may recognize faces but unable to recall names so this can be a helpful tip.
- Designate a room the “quiet area” where your loved one can retreat if things get too overwhelming. Ask a familiar person to stay with him to prevent feelings of abandonment.
- Have distractions prepared and at hand in case problematic behaviors occur (e.g. have her fold napkins, count name tags)
As the primary family caregiver, people depend on you. So, remember to take care of yourself during the holidays – here’s how:
- Plan ahead and set limits as to what you are able to do
- Ask for help from friends and family
- Take breaks regularly (look into home care if needed)—preparing for the holidays and caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is overwhelming
- Join a caregiver support group for additional tips and insight
- Buy yourself a holiday gift as a reward for your dedication
The holiday season is the time that an adult child; son or daughter notice that an aging parent or relative needs help and assistance to remain safely at home. If you live far away and are worried that your loved one cannot manage on their own, contact a reputable home care agency like CalaCare. Schedule an in-home care assessment with a Care Manager to help you determine the level of care your relative needs. Hiring a caregiver to help your loved one provides you with peace of mind knowing she is in good hands.
To learn more about CalaCare and how we can help someone living with dementia, call us at 1-888-774-CALA (2252).