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The holidays are not always a time of cheer and joy. Often, the holidays are the days in which most people will avoid due to the absence of a loved one or ones.

Our in-home care agency, A-1 Home Care, has worked with many senior patients who have a hard time getting through the holidays. It is our duty to make sure that our seniors are comfortable when it comes to the holidays, both physically and mentally. Often, our seniors’ loved ones come down to their home to spend some quality time.

Your loved one should not dread the holidays, or the holiday itself when it finally arrives. Here are some tips to cope with the holidays, coping with depression and stress, something that you can go through with your loved one as well if further assistance is needed (Mayo Clinic, 2014):

    1. Make plans ahead of time – understand that putting something off will only delay time. Make plans for the holidays. Your loved one deserves to be around loved ones.
    2. Acknowledge your feelings – it is okay to be sad or angry.
    3. Reach out – send a text, call, or ask someone to keep you company. Talk it out.
    4. Bake.
    5. Color.
    6. Say “no,” if something seems too overwhelming.
    7. Take a deep breath.

If you would like to hear further of our in-home and twenty-four hour services, including companion care, then do not hesitate to give our Malibu branch 310-657-8780 or our Santa Fe Springs headquarters 562-929-8400 a call.

 

 

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Older adults and seniors have been there and done that, and it may be more difficult to get them excited about the holidays.  As a result, we want to share a few tips that you may use to help your elderly loved ones enjoy the holidays this season a little more.

  1. Provoke old memories – Strolling down the memory lane with seniors is probably one of the most powerful ways to see emotional reaction to the holidays.  Even with cognitive impairments, patients can have clearer memory of older events compare to more recent events.  Use pictures, videos, and music to best stimulate these old memories.
  2. Be inclusive – Don’t prepare the holiday feast alone.  Get everyone to participate and help, including them can make them feel part of it and enjoy the holiday spirits.  On top of that, it helps you relieve stress!  If the seniors are limited physically, create simpler tasks for them to participate with.
  3. Avoid embarrassments – Joke around is fine, but if it is directed toward a senior about their lack of memory, or other limitations, it can be out of line and embarrassing for them.
  4. Detailed planning –  Be courteous when it comes to seniors.  Be mindful that many of them could be on medication, and make sure nothing can create unwanted reactions with the drugs.  Moreover, make sure mobility is not a problem during the party.  Allow seniors to sit at the end of the tables for easy in and out.

If you are able to include these tips this season, then your elderly loved ones can surely enjoy the holidays without any problems.

Having a in home caregiver can dramatically improve the quality of life in a senior depending on the severity of their limitations.  A-1 Home Care in Malibu has over 20 years of experience in matching caregiver with clients for any home care scenarios, making sure each one is compatible with one another.  Moreover, our caregivers have at least 2 years of experience, CPR certification, criminal background checked, and more importantly, the dedication and compassion to become a quality caregiver.  All our caregivers, nurse aides, home health aides, and senior companions are expert in Alzheimer Care, Diabetic Care, Brian Injury Care, Parkinson Care, Kidney Disease Care, Incontinence Care, Multiple Sclerosis Care, and home care scenarios.  With coverage of areas such as Malibu, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Redondo Beach, Westwood, Century City, Studio City, Marina Del Rey, Culver City, and other cities around Los Angeles and Orange County.

For more information, contact us at 310-657-8780, or go online and visit our Facebook or our website Malibu In Home Care today!

 

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