Why Spend Time with Your Aging Parent This Christmas?

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Why You Should Spend Christmas with Your Senior Parent

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When you were growing up, your parent worked hard to make your Christmas special. Now, it’s your turn to return the favor by including him or her in your festivities. In addition to making memories, you and your loved one can enjoy these benefits when you spend time together during the holidays.

Get Your Parent Out of the House

During this time of year, your loved one may be tempted to stay home and try to avoid the crowds. However, too much time alone at home leads to feelings of isolation. This Christmas, take your loved one to a parade, a movie, or even out to lunch. Your parent is likely to brighten up once he or she gets out in the world, and you’ll enjoy seeing him or her smile. 

If you have a sibling or other family member who serves as your parent’s primary caregiver, this would be a great time to say thank you by hiring a professional caregiver to give your family member some much-needed time off. Some seniors need occasional assistance at home, and oftentimes the family members who take care of them need time away to run errands, take a nap, go to work, or take a vacation. Albuquerque respite care experts from Home Care Assistance are available on an as-needed basis, giving your family peace of mind that your loved one will remain safe and comfortable while you relax or focus on other important responsibilities.

Provide Support Through Social Events

Seniors with mobility, cognitive, or incontinence issues often feel self-conscious at social events, and your loved one may just choose to stay home if you aren’t there to offer your support. Let your loved one know you’re willing to go to Christmas events that he or she would like to attend. Your parent may be more willing to get out and socialize when you’re there to help with remembering a name or getting to the restroom in time. 

If your senior parent has issues such as the ones listed above, it might be a good idea to consider bringing in a professional caregiver to ensure your parent’s safety and wellbeing. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality home care. Albuquerque families trust Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Tackle a Few Household Chores

Christmas is the perfect time to perform a few charitable acts, and your loved one can’t refuse your help when it comes in the form of a gift. While you’re at your parent’s house, look for minor household chores you can do to increase safety and comfort. For instance, replacing the air filter in the home heating system keeps it running efficiently, and scrubbing the shower prevents mold so your loved one has a hygienic place to bathe.

Watch Out for Holiday Scams

While the season is full of charitable people performing acts of kindness, this is also the time of year when scams tend to increase. Scammers tend to target the elderly, who just want to help others in need. As you visit with your loved one, watch for signs, such as frequent telemarketing calls or door solicitors, that he or she is the target of scammers so you can warn him or her to be alert.

Identify New Needs

Your loved one may have new needs that he or she hasn’t brought up out of embarrassment or the fear of losing independence. Ask questions about your loved one’s health, and make sure he or she is capable of handling daily tasks such as taking medications on time. If your parent is having too much difficulty with everyday tasks, suggest getting help around the house, such as a caregiver who stops by a few times a week.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional senior care. Albuquerque families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.

Inspire More Joy for Everyone

As you spend time with your loved one this Christmas, try to remember the purpose of the season. Pick out a few favorite activities from the past, such as singing carols around the fireplace, or make a new tradition. The time you spend together becomes moments you’ll always treasure when you make your primary reason for seeing your parent to spread joy to everyone.

Family time together is always special, and the holidays make it even more precious for many seniors. Some of the greatest gifts you can give your aging parent are your time and attention. If you’re concerned about your parent’s ability to continue living alone safely, you can give yourself peace of mind by helping your loved one choose a professional caregiver.

Trust your loved one’s care to the professionals at Home Care Assistance. Reach out to one of our compassionate Care Managers today at 505-798-0800.

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