In Home Help for the Holidays
Some families live a long distance from an elderly loved one, and being around to help with holiday shopping, let alone household chores is difficult. Without assistance to get into the holiday spirit, or help with daily tasks like laundry and tidying up so time can be better spent on festivities can really dampen a loved one’s mood. This is when in home help from the compassionate and highly trained caregivers from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara becomes especially useful. Not only will a dependable caregiver drop in for a couple of hours a day to help out with your loved one’s daily chores, but they will also make sure there are healthy meals prepared when needed, and that they are reminded of medications when necessary. In home help is a wonderful gift to ward off senior depression with companionship and also give you and your family peace of mind.
As we age, it is common to gradually become more forgetful. Usually forgetfulness is not due to dementia and is simply a symptom of getting older and the things that slip our minds tend to be least important to our day to day life. Special dates like birthdays and anniversaries are usually cemented in our memory but an appointment or lunch date might slip our mind. If your senior loved one is showing more signs of forgetfulness and you also notice a change in personality, language problems and confusion, they might be experiencing early stages of dementia and would benefit from in home help and consistent, high quality support.
If your elderly loved one is unable to venture out from the home for long periods of time, bring the holiday to them. Simple artificial tabletop Christmas trees can be purchased almost anywhere. Bring along a few ornaments, set up some lights on an automatic timer, and your loved one can experience the holidays in their home without much hassle. Familiar old holiday classics begin replaying on TV and would be a wonderful way for a senior loved one to bond with grandchildren over hot chocolate while watching together.
It’s not uncommon to experience some form of the blues during the holiday season. The days are shorter and the nights are longer and colder. For those who typically live an active lifestyle, the at times unfavorable driving conditions can be very limiting. Some people become housebound during the winter months and activities seem to drive to a halt. Some families live a long distance from their elderly loved ones and the distance becomes more apparent during the winter months. Senior depression around the holidays is very real and can pose some problems for an elderly loved one.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in-home senior care and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, care for Parkinson’s Disease, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.