As Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings near, stress increases. For an elderly parent, crowds, noise, and activity can be alarming. This is especially true when Alzheimer’s is present.
Remembering who people are, inviting strangers into the home, and trying to be a host is very hard for someone with Alzheimer’s. Even if that’s not the case, some seniors are accustomed to a daily routine that’s quiet and organized. Holiday gatherings can bring chaos and messes.
If a gathering is being held elsewhere, your parents have to acclimate to a new area. If mobility is an issue, stairs may pose a big problem. Furniture may be difficult to get out of. Children running and knocking into the elderly can also be hazardous.
To prevent stress and frustration, advanced planning is essential. Here are things you and your family should discuss before hosting or attending a holiday gathering.
Is Travel Required?
Will your parents have to travel hours to reach the house where the gathering is being held? Do flights need to be arranged? If flights are necessary, you should make sure your parents have the required identification cards for travel. They may need a passport or an enhanced driver’s license.
If they will struggle to get from one gate to the next for a connecting flight, they may need help. Arrange assistance and wheelchair service as soon as possible and confirm it’s all set a day or two before the flight.
Is There Room for Everyone?
Does your parents’ house have enough room for those who will be attending? If the gathering is being held at another person’s home, is there enough room to avoid your mom and dad feeling crowded? If not, could you book a private room in a restaurant or hotel?
Is It Better if Your Parents Don’t Attend a Large Function?
It may be best to hold a smaller holiday gathering with immediate family at your mom and dad’s house. While you attend the larger function or host one at your house, an elderly care agency can provide you with respite care. Your parent stays home with someone offering the elderly care services they need, while you put in an appearance for your family.
Caregivers can also help through the holidays by taking your mom and dad to stores for holiday shopping. Meal preparation, laundry service, and assistance with personal care are also helpful. Call us to learn more about respite care and other services that help with elderly care.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Spokane, WA, please contact the friendly staff at Love at Home Senior Care, today. Call (509) 204-4088
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