During the Holiday season things can get a little stressful when family comes and visits or when you visit family. Here are a few tips to help with the stress for you, your caregiver (if you have one) and family.
1. First try to keep to your schedule, tell them before hand that you need to eat at certain times but also tell them why, like you have to take your medications a hour after you eat or with a meal and you need to do it at a set time or that you get up early or you don’t get to bed till late,due to not being able to sleep so that they can plan things either in the morning or evening which ever works best. Learn the word “NO” and use it. You can’t do everything
2. Be honest to everyone about your health issues, if you are having to turn up the TV to hear it, getting up a few times in the middle of the night, you can’t see small print, you might be forgetting items, your are “stumbling a lot but not really falling”etc tell your doctor, if you have a caregiver tell them and tell your family. Do not assume the worst, it could be a simple issues that can be corrected.
3. Since you will be around family this time of year or sending cards to family, made a list of your family health issues that you know of. This can be quite helpful since a lot of health issues/disease are hereditary and they can take action to change their lifestyle to help hold off taking medication for the health issue.
4. Also now is a good time to tell everyone what your wishes are. It may sound like a bad time since it the holidays, but it isn’t. You need to make everyone know what you want and you might need to tell them a few times over the course of the year so that they know and can prepare.
5. Try to understand that they might be concerned for you if they only see you a few times a year. You need to talk to them about any issues and how you are planning on address them and take their suggestions in and think on them. We know that giving up any independence is very hard and you don’t want to “be a bother” but if they are offering, it might not be a bother to them. Let them help with some of big and heavy items that you have been putting off most of the year.
6. For the daily caregiver, let them help and you can have them see what some of the issues are, you might have been telling them about but they haven’t listen.
Most of all this should be a enjoyable time of the year, so sit back and let others help or if you don’t have any family, make a new holiday memory by volunteering someplace. Everyone can use extra help during this time of year. You know what you can do so ask your church, your neighbors, your friends if they could use some help doing what you can.