Caregiving Matters community, here’s a great article that was recently published by the Huffington Post that may help your loved ones understand what to say, what not to say, and how to help this holiday season be a little merrier for you. We suggest you share!
Holidays are tough for family caregivers. Don’t inadvertently make things worse.
1. Holidays celebrated in the hospital aren’t the worst things.
Sure we hate hospitals the same as everybody else. But when a loved one is admitted for a few days, it can feel like a mini-vacation for the family caregiver. Someone else ― someone who actually knows what they are doing ― is taking care of our patient. We can luxuriate in an evening out with a friend, cook a meal that isn’t salt-free and don’t have to argue with anyone over taking their pills. If our patients have an accident in the middle of the night and need to be changed, we don’t have to be the ones getting up to do it. Hospital stays can be a break for family caregivers. We worry, but there is also an undeniable sense of relief.
Source: Huffington Post | Written by: Ann Brenoff