As we head into the holiday season I think it is a sure bet that no matter if it is Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza or just end of the year festivities, we can all agree that December is way too busy for most people. With this in mind, it's a good time to think about getting someone to help out with a parent or grandparent.
Typically at this time of year we see extra requests for help for two main reasons. First, there are a lot of seniors who live alone and the holidays seem to amplify any loneliness they may have. The holidays also demand a lot more from families who can't just run over to mom or dad's every time they call. Having a caregiver can help alleviate some of the extra stress created by the emotional and time demands of the holidays. Second, for many seniors with Alzheimer's, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season add to the confusion they are already experiencing and amplify their symptoms. Many families ask for a caregiver around this time just to take the edge off.
Think about how you or someone you know could use a help with a loved one at this time of year. Homecare certificates can be a great gift!