Christmas is a time for family and making memories with your loved ones. We understand that Christmas is for everyone, from kids 1 to 92, but we also understand the Christmas can be difficult when you have elderly relatives that need caring for.
If you have a loved one that needs caring for this Christmas, then here is Red Rose Cares advice on Christmas care for elderly relatives.
How To Spend Christmas With elderly parents?
There nothing quite like getting the whole family together at Christmas. It’s always nice for everyone to get to spend time with one another and for elderly relatives to spend precious time with grandchildren, especially if they don’t get to see them often.
If you have elderly relatives coming to stay with you over the holidays, then make sure you take any care they need into account.
Make sure that they have any medication with them that they might need and that you know how to help them, it can be helpful if they have a list of important phone numbers with them so you know exactly who to call if they need help.
Even though it’s Christmas, it still important that your elderly parents don’t exert or over work themselves. Make sure that they have a comfy place to sit and that there is a space for them to relax and take it easy if things get a little overwhelming with the whole family.
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia or another serious illness then you can read our blog on ‘What Is Christmas Like For Those With Dementia?’
What If I Can’t Be With My Elderly Parents At Christmas?
Sadly, we can’t all get together for the holidays and its possible that you might not get to spend much of Christmas with your elderly parents. It may be that you live far away from them or they might not want to risk spending time outside the home and getting ill in light of recent figures.
If this is the case, then you need to make sure that they have all that they need ahead of time. Make sure your loved one has enough food and anything else they might need over Christmas.
One of the hardest things an older person can have to deal with over Christmas, is loneliness, especially if they are used to having big Christmases with the family. Be sure to check up on your loved one and call them so that they do not feel left out or lonely this Christmas.
A good way of making sure your loved one doesn’t feel lonely this Christmas, is to arrange for a home care assistant to come a see them over the Christmas holidays. A domestic care assistant can help prepare a Christmas dinner for them, or even just provide some companionship and give them someone to talk to so that they are not lonely this Christmas.
What if My Elderly Parents Have An Illness At Christmas?
If your loved one has a serious or long term illness, then they might not be able to visit you for Christmas. In the case of neurological diseases like dementia or illnesses requiring overnight or palliative care, it might be more detrimental to move you loved one.
If this is the case, then you should make sure that they can still have a good Christmas no matter what the circumstances maybe.
A home care assistant can be there for your loved one and make sure that they are getting all the care and attention they need. You don’t need to worry about a thing, and you can relax and enjoy spending Christmas with your family knowing that your loved one is being taken care of by properly trained professionals that will always put the needs of your elderly relative first.
To hear more about our various packages and how we can tailor them to you, don’t hesitate to contact us.
A member of our team is there to discuss options, packages and prices. We understand that this is an important decision and we want to make sure you feel comfortable and confident that your loved one is in the best possible care.