Caregivers in Stamford, CT
If there is one thing that most family caregivers learn quickly it is that change happens all the time and the more flexible you are and willing to go along with those changes, the less stress, anxiety, and difficulty you will face in your caregiver journey. One of the times when this is most evident is during the holiday season. Most people have very clear perceptions about what the holidays mean to them and how they should celebrate them, but when they enter into a care relationship with their aging parents they realize that these cannot always stay the same. Their seniors may be coping with physical, medical, mobility, or cognitive difficulties and limitations that make it challenging for them to celebrate holidays in all of the ways that they once did, and can put so much pressure on you that you no longer have the time to fit all of your usual holiday preparations and events into your busy schedule.
The changes that come along with aging and helping your seniors through this aging process, however, do not mean that you cannot enjoy the holidays together, or that the holiday celebrations you have cannot be as meaningful and memorable as they always have been. It might just mean that you need to modify your perceptions of what celebrating the holidays means and find new ways to connect with your loved ones throughout this season so that you can all still engage in fun, exciting, and meaningful experiences that keep everyone's needs in mind.
This holiday season, consider making your caregiver journey less stressful and your celebrations even more meaningful by planning an alternative holiday celebration. This type of celebrations forgoes most of the traditions and rituals of your usual holidays in favor of different activities that still give you all the time you want to bond and enjoy each other while avoiding disappointments, complications, stress, and other negative issues associated with trying to plan a traditional holiday around limitations and challenges. This type of holiday celebration is particularly effective if you do not have young children who have expectations of certain things during the holiday season.
Let these ideas inspire you to plan an alternative holiday celebration for your aging loved ones and family this year:
• Go on a cruise. Rather than spending money on gifts, decorations, feasts, and other events, use that cash to go on a cruise as a family. Many cruise lines offer special last-minute vacation packages that let you set sail within a couple of weeks of booking and save on your fare, and you may even luck out by booking a line that offers holiday-themed meals, décor, and entertainment.
• Go on vacation. Pick a favorite dream destination such as a special theme park and head there with the family for a few days. This helps you to make memories, which are far more precious than most of the gifts people give at the holidays, and may even start a new family tradition.
• Order take-out. If you know you want to stay at home, let go of the need to host a big formal feast and instead order in from your favorite take-out restaurant. You may find that you enjoy sitting around in your pajamas eating take-out and watching Christmas movies far more than the formal meal.
• IOU. Take the pressure off of everybody when it comes to giving gifts by making it an IOU Christmas. Have everyone write the gifts that they plan to give on cards and give them to the recipient. Set a time frame for when everyone will get their gifts. This makes the holiday about spending time together and gives everyone time to stretch their time and their budget to buy gifts, while also offering little bits of excitement for early in the next year.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Stamford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.