The holidays are a wonderful time to get together with friends and loved ones, but it’s rarely considered a relaxing time of year. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season, from shopping to parties to family gatherings, can be highly stressful, and when you’ve got a loved one to care for, your own tasks can fall by the wayside.
Wondering how you’ll get everything you on your to-do list done in time for the holidays? Try the following tips to help you stay on task.
- Skip the mall & shop virtual. Getting out to a crowded mall can be nearly impossible this time of year, particularly when you have a frail senior in your care. Online shopping can be done from almost anywhere, in the doctor’s office, in the evening while watching TV, etc., and is considerably less stressful than fighting the large holiday crowds.
- Make it a team effort. Too many presents to wrap? Don’t know how you’ll get through all your holiday cards? Find a family member or friend who can help wrap gifts. If the person you’re caring for feels up to it, have him or her help select bows for the packages or stuff envelopes.
- Be selective about “made from scratch.” Many people feel the need to go overboard on food during the holidays, but not everything on your table has to be homemade. Select one or two items for your holiday menu that you love to make from scratch, and incorporate some microwavable or pre-made dishes to round out the table and save you time.
Being a caregiver during the holidays can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to stress you out. With North River Home Care, you’re never alone in your caregiving role. Our respite care services can help family caregivers find the time they need to get things done or just get some much needed rest during the holidays and throughout the rest of the year. Contact our Boston area home care experts to learn more about our services.