It's the most wonderful time of the year, which means it is time to start spreading holiday cheer!
When celebrating the holidays this month, our in-home care providers at Qualicare Big Sky want you to consider how you can support your loved one, especially since this season can lead to depression and loneliness for older adults.
Let's take a look at some ways you can turn your loved one's holiday frown upside down this time of year.
Don't Overschedule Your Loved One
One way to ruin your loved one's holiday is to put too many items on his or her plate. Because the holidays only come around once a year and this is the most common time for everyone in the family to be together, it can be easy to want to pack everything in.
However, when you do this, you can start to overwhelm your loved one—and yourself! Plan a longer visit if you're able so that you can spread activities out, or decide what to prioritize.
Make Time to Talk
We need to have important conversations with our loved ones, which can include topics like taking away the keys or the need for in-home care. However, these conversations can quickly put a damper on the holidays.
As a result, try waiting until after the holidays to have these important conversations so that you can all enjoy the holiday season and just focus on making memories.
Avoid Being the Holiday Boss
It's normal to want to make sure your loved one's holiday is perfect. But, in doing so, you might unknowingly start putting high expectations on everything and everyone, which can quickly put stress on everyone and ruin the holiday cheer.
Stop and just be with your loved ones this holiday season. So one of the holiday gifts didn't arrive on time...or perhaps your night of caroling got ruined by the weather. It's OK! The important thing is that everyone is together and creating memories for the holidays.
Could in-home care improve your loved one's quality of life? Contact the in-home care providers at Qualicare Big Sky today to learn how we can help!