3 Tips on How to Reduce Caregiver Holiday Stress

The holiday season is an ideal time to get together with friends and loved ones, but it’s not exactly a relaxing time of year. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season, from shopping to social events to family gatherings, can be highly stressful, and when you’ve got someone to care for, your own tasks can be neglected.

Wondering how to get everything on your to-do list taken care of in time for the holidays? Try these tips from our experts in home care in Ellerbe and nearby areas to help you stay on task and reduce caregiver holiday stress.

  • Forget about the shopping mall & shop virtual. Getting out to a crowded mall can be challenging this time of year, especially when caring for someone who has difficulty leaving the home. Online shopping can be done from pretty much anywhere, in the doctor’s office, in the evening while watching television, etc., and is quite a bit less stressful than fighting the large holiday crowds.
  • Find support. Too many gifts to wrap? Don’t know how you’ll write out all of your holiday cards? Enlist the help of a family member or friend who can help with wrapping presents. Reserve an afternoon to visit, sip hot cocoa, and write out all of your holiday cards together with your older family member assisting in whatever way they can.
  • Be selective about “made from scratch.” Many people feel obligated to go overboard on food during the holidays, but not everything on the table has to be homemade. Pick one or two selections for your holiday menu that you love to make from scratch, and incorporate some microwavable or ready-made dishes to round out the table and save you some time.

Did you know an in-home caregiver can provide support with these holiday to-dos and many others for the older adults you love? Not only can we run errands like grocery shopping, prepare delicious meals, and help with wrapping gifts and decorating the home, but we also love taking older adults out holiday shopping! Our caregivers are here to make each day during the holiday season – and beyond – happier and brighter for those we serve, while allowing family caregivers to take necessary time away from their care duties.

Being a caregiver during the holidays can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to stress you out. With Carolina Hearts Home Care’s home care in Ellerbe and the surrounding areas, you’re never alone in your caregiving role. Contact our home care professionals at 1-855-277-2005 to request a complimentary in-home meeting to learn more about the many ways we can help you and someone you love scale back for a stress-free holiday season and beyond. From all of us at Carolina Hearts Home Care, we wish you and your family the happiest of holidays and all the best in the coming year!