December 18th, 2017 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Having a family member or loved one who suffers from dementia is challenging as well as heartbreaking every day of the year. The holidays can present unique obstacles that are especially hard to maneuver. It’s important to strike a balance between adjusting to as well as accepting the ‘new normal’ and continuing the traditions and rituals that are such a crucial part of a family’s history. There are steps you can take to make the holidays a pleasant experience for your loved one while avoiding situations that might bring them stress or agitation.
Communicate With Other Family Members
Everyone who will be a part of the family celebrations should be made aware of the present condition of the patient so they will know how to respond to and interact with them in the best way possible. If constant supervision is required, everyone might share the responsibility and pleasure of looking after their loved one, relieving some of the stress of the primary caregiver.
Make Them Feel Included And Important
Include the dementia patient as much as possible in all aspects of the holiday festivities. Talk with them about who is coming and ask for their input when it comes to food, decorations, what songs to sing, etc. If they are able, ask for their help with planning the menu and preparing the food. Ask them to tell about their memories of childhood holidays. Those recollections are usually the clearest in their minds and they enjoy sharing them.
Keep Chaos To A Minimum
Excess noise and large crowds can be upsetting to some folks with dementia. Therefore, large family celebrations may not always be possible. A few family members at a time dropping by during the holiday season might be the best solution, especially if they require assisted living.
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