While commercials and television specials sell the holiday season as a time full of smiles, the truth is more complicated. It is a season so many of us enjoy, but it can also be a season where the blues hit big time. Seniors can be especially at risk for depression this time of year. At Angels on Call, we’re dedicated to helping seniors manage and avoid the holiday blues while raising their spirits. Let’s look at the ways that caregivers can help.
Deck the Halls
Decorating the home for the holidays is always a wonderful way to warm up the spirit and inspire smiles. For seniors with limited mobility, however, decorating is more than a chore. It can be a risk. Home caregivers can help decorate the home to bring in the holiday cheer and help your loved one enjoy cherished memories as well.
Connecting with Family
As we age, it can be harder to maintain contact with family and friends, even during the holiday season. Chronic health conditions and limited mobility can both play their part in isolating seniors. An in-home caregiver, however, can help seniors maintain their close family connections, plan visits, and even provided transportation assistance as needed.
Home caregivers can also help Philadelphia seniors connect with family who lives far away. They can set up video messaging using a phone or computer to ensure seniors are able to spend time with loved ones during the holidays, no matter the distance between them.
While we always encourage seniors to eat balanced meals with the nutrients they need, we also know that everyone loves holiday treats. Whether it’s baked goods, homemade candy, or holiday ham or turkey, this is the season to be a little naughty with the diet. Holiday foods are more than just tasty, however. In moderation, they are also a sweet way for seniors to practice self-care and even relive memories. Caregivers can help them prepare meals and treats and help make sure they enjoy those holiday cookies and candies in moderation.
Companionship During the Holidays
Even when seniors enjoy family visits and outings, they can still find themselves experiencing holiday blues. If they’ve lost a friend or loved one, the holidays can be an especially difficult time of year. Caregivers can provide companionship to help alleviate loneliness and listen with empathy and compassion. Whether your senior loved one needs to express their lonely or sad feelings or wants to reminisce about a cherished memory, a caregiver is always ready to listen.
Let One of Our Angels Provide Your Loved One Home Care in Philadelphia
Are you looking for caregiver agencies in Philadelphia? We offer a wide range of services to help seniors and those with special needs live their best lives. Contact us to set up an appointment and we will match you with one of our Angels or help you choose your Angel as part of the PAS program.