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What Caregivers Can Give their Families this Christmas

If you think about it, caregivers are the best when it comes to giving. Every single day, they give their all and offer patients the gifts of time, concern, compassion and care – which are sometimes more than one could ask for.

If you, dear caregiver, are thinking of what gifts to give your family this Christmas, you don’t have to look far. More often than not, gifts that touch the heart and soul have a bigger impact compared to material gifts. In other words, the gifts you give your patients can also be the perfect gifts for your loved ones!

Time

Most days of the year, you can’t be seen at home. You may be busy working, out with your friends, or too tired to spend time with your beloved family. When was the last time you went home and spent quality time with your parents? with your siblings? Sometimes, we spend too much time with other people that we forget what it feels like being with our family. This Christmas, make time to be with your loved ones.

Courage

For many times, we have been with our patients, helping them face certain challenges. We make them see the good in the bad, and give them hope and courage to soldier on. But have we been courageous for our families? Have we showed them that we are brave enough to take care of ourselves, courageous to accept responsibilities?

Service

Now’s the time to offer acts of service to your family too! Lend a hand in holiday shopping, cooking Christmas dinners, and other household chores. If someone in the family needs your caregiving skills, by all means, volunteer! Helping other people fills the soul in ways that nothing else can. You can also be a role model to your younger members of the family.

Creativity

Being a caregiver, you are accustomed to creating activities for your patient. This Christmas, instead of doing it for your patient, do it for your family. Creativity can be expressed in so many ways. You can either cook, build things, tell stories, make artwork, sing songs, write, tale pictures – the possibilities are endless! Doing projects together can even bring the family closer.

Concern

Everyone wants to feel loved and accepted. When was the last time you sat down with your parents and listened to what they had to say? A profound gift you can give your parents is to listen to with your heart and accept them rather than judge. Show your concern by understanding them and keeping an open mind.

Joy

Fun, playfulness, laughter – it’s contagious. Bring in an air of playfulness to your home this Christmas and you’ll help others lighten up. Children love it when their older family members are playful and joyful. You might be surprised how wonderful you will feel.

And most of all, show and tell them how much you love them—that’s definitely one of the greatest gifts of all. Happy holidays everyone!


About the author: Melissa Page is a blogger and social media contributor who works for Staff Care and ICan Benefit Group. When she’s not writing, she plays bowling with friends.

Preparing Our Seniors for the Holidays

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With Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and the Yuletide season just around the corner, now is the most opportune time to set the stage for warm and happy family gatherings, and that definitely includes our beloved elderly family members.

Do remember that like little children, our grand folks have some special needs that have to be met, so I’ve come up with a short list of the most essential things one needs to prepare for the upcoming holidays. With the extreme hustle and bustle associated with this time of year, it’s a very good idea to prepare early.

Stock Up on Sundries and Supplies

With all the activities lined up for the holidays, heading to the supermarket won’t be the most convenient of tasks (traffic, long lines, dwindling stocks, etc.). Remember that aside from the usual toiletries all of us use, your elders will have other needs like adult diapers and their medicines and/or food supplements.

If you can, have enough supplies to last the entire holiday season. It’ll greatly reduce your trips to the stores, and with all that time freed up, you can spend more quality moments with the family.


Prepare their Gear

Make sure they also have their accessibility and mobility devices like walkers, braces, or wheelchairs in good working order, ready for some light travel. If their equipment already has some preexisting kink or squeaky moving part, do address the issue immediately as this will certainly provide a great inconvenience if they should break down or malfunction during the holidays.

It’s the information age, and there are some key additions to a senior’s citizen’s arsenal of equipment. One of them is a handy mobile phone for emergencies and keeping in touch with the loved ones. Another would be a tablet computer, to keep them connected and have their minds continually stimulated with literature, games, and other audiovisuals.


Plan Events

Our elders need to enjoy the homestretch years, and we also need to spend as much quality time as we can with them. Have a few days dedicated to some outdoor fun, like a family picnic or a visit to an amusement park.

Do be selective, as you don’t want to end up all stressed out and hassled; that’s counterproductive to the idea of quality time, after all. Try looking for some venues that are off the beaten track (not too remote, though). The idea is to enjoy each other’s company.

Family Meals as Often as Possible

Breaking bread as a family is one of the best times to bond. If you have kids, tell them beforehand to be little more considerate and conversational towards them, and keep their table manners in check; grandma and grandpa need to know they are loved and are appreciated even at the twilight of their lives.

As a side note, do consider them when you prepare the meals. Consult their nutritionist or dietician as to what they can eat without upsetting their already fragile systems. Holidays are notorious for comfort food, and some of these dishes aren’t the best for our elders.


I hope these tips help you and your grand folks enjoy the holidays in each other’s company. Live well, and Happy Holidays!


About the Author

Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and is currently working on a blog with her close friends, Word Baristas.