Stress-Free Holidays: Caring for the Family Caregiver

December 6th, 2011

Without holiday traditions and activities, it just wouldn’t seem like the holidays. For each fun activity, like purchasing thoughtful gifts, writing holiday cards, trimming the tree, decorating the home, hanging pretty twinkle lights, and baking and cooking delicious food for holiday parties, there are additional responsibilities like addressing and stamping envelopes, shopping for ingredients, budgeting for gifts, and keeping the house clean for company, that stress family caregivers to the max!

At Visiting Angels, we want to help relieve those stressed-out feelings with a few tips for caregivers and their families. To start, make a list of holiday tradition must-haves, and check it twice; does everyone enjoy this together? Can the responsibilities and tasks be shared? Once a list of traditions and activities is set and agreed upon, identify family members who are willing to help with the pre- and post-work!

With a list of fun, memory-making holiday activities planned and a list of delegated responsibilities, family caregivers should feel that their list of added tasks during the holidays just got shorter!

We wish your family a happy holiday season. Respite care for those much-needed, family caregiver breaks is also among our in-home care specialties. For more information on how we can help in the San Francisco Bay area, contact Visiting Angels in Alameda County at (510) 284-0000 or in Santa Clara County at (408) 735-0977.