Caregiving Tips: Caring for Your Loved Ones During the Holidays #CareSupport

Grandma and her Lil Buddy

Grandma and her Lil Buddy (Photo credit: Vox Efx)

Caring for Your Loved Ones During the Holidays

The holidays are a busy time for most.  We’re rushing around with last minute shopping, planning holiday parties, attending to little ones off during winter break and staying up into the wee hours of the night to be sure that we’ve completed our holiday checklist.

Despite things being busy though, we often have a second checklist of things that we feel moved to do for others.  This may include tasks like dropping off gifts to Toys for Tots, donating warm clothes to your local shelter or checking in on family and friends who may need a little extra help during the winter months.

Maybe there is a family member who is spending their first Christmas alone, a friend at church who needs a little extra help or someone else who has been on your mind lately.  The holidays are a great time to catch up and check in on them to be sure they have all they need during the winter months.

AARP’s caregiving resource offers a great checklist of ways that you can help care for a loved one during the holidays, including steps for checking in on their health, home, mobility and finances.

You can read the full article here:

Other ways to show that you care during the holidays:

  • Shopping for them for their holiday meal or groceries
  • Running errands or picking up medications so they don’t have to drive in the snow
  • Being good company during the holidays when their spouse or children may not be available to help
  • Making sure their favorite foods, traditions and ideas are included in holiday celebrations
  • Contacting other family members and friends to remind them to check in or call with a special holiday message for their loved ones

AARP RESOURCE: Visit AARP’s Family Caregiving Resource Centernofollow for more information.  AARP sitio en español.

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