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Thanksgiving Tips While Providing Senior In Home Care

Nov 10, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek

If you are providing senior in home care to a family member or loved one, then it is important to start planning now for the holiday season. The holidays can be a fun time for any family, but they can also be quite stressful, especially for seniors who may be adjusting to in home care. With Thanksgiving coming up, it is more important than ever that families are taking an extra moment in order to ensure their loved ones are being included in the celebrations and that this festive time of year isn’t stressing their senior loved one out.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you are aware of whether or not the senior’s in home care provider will be present for the holiday. If they aren’t, make sure your senior loved one is aware.
  • Make sure that the meal includes food items the senior still enjoys eating, even if they aren’t a part of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
  • Remember that part of senior in home care involves keeping seniors on a schedule, so plan the meal around a time when the senior won’t interrupt their sleep or nap schedule.
  • Make sure someone is sitting near the senior in case they need help with eating, cutting their food, serving themselves or getting up to go to the bathroom.
  • Make certain there are people around attending to the senior and making sure that they feel included in the celebration. Being around a large group of people can sometimes be overwhelming.
  • Plan activities that the senior can be involved in, so they don’t feel left out. Just because everyone is playing football in the morning, it doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be something for the senior to do as well.

It doesn’t take a lot in order to make sure any elderly individual receiving senior in home care is comfortable during the holiday season, but if you are able to make these additional changes, it can often make a great deal of difference in how much your loved ones enjoy this time of year.

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