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For most of us, the holidays are a time for family and friends, good spirits and good food. However, for those living with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, the holiday season also brings special concerns and challenges.
How will mom react to the bright lights and decorations? Can we still have company or will dad become agitated and stressed? Will visitors be uncomfortable if mom no longer recognizes them? Will we have to change our holiday traditions?
Says Crystal Yost, PCHA, PCH, Administrator at Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr located in Bryn Mawr, PA, “These are just a few of the questions that families coping with dementia typically deal with. However, the good news is that with proper preparation and advanced planning, you can still retain the most important elements of the holiday season while keeping your loved one with dementia calm and engaged in the holiday cheer.”
Crystal adds, “The Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic offer expert tips that can enable the person with dementia to enjoy the holidays while still maintaining the joy of the season for your family For starters, they say, focus on the real meaning of the holidays and the things your family holds most dear.”
Specific tips include:
Another way you can ask for help is to request a gift certificate for respite care, which provides caregivers with welcome time away from their caregiving duties while offering loved ones with dementia compassionate care and support provided within in a safe, nurturing environment.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions you have on dementia care or to schedule a tour. Also, we invite you to read our timely blog articles on current caregiver and dementia care topics posted on our website.
If you have comments or questions about our blog, Holiday Hints: How Dementia Caregivers Can Celebrate Special Occasions, we’d love to hear from you. We also encourage you to share any of your caregiving experiences in our comments section.
Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments require specialized care and support. They also deserve a lifestyle rich in dignity and fulfillment. Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr provides residents with Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments that emphasize individual abilities, encourage socialization and promote the highest level of independence possible. We offer a complete continuum of leading-edge programs, services and amenities that address the total physical, emotional and social needs of residents in a caring setting that offers individual suites with large private baths and the comfort of home. Our memory care community touches hearts and changes lives.
Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory impairment doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family.
If you have a loved one with early- to mid-stage memory loss, you know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed while trying to maintain balance in your life. As care needs increase, you may not be able to meet them physically or emotionally. It’s often difficult to be available to care for your loved one’s health and well-being around the clock.
If and when the time comes to seek additional help, place your trust in Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr. We lift the stresses and worries of being a caregiver from your shoulders, enabling you and your family to enjoy time with your loved one again.
For more information, please call Crystal at 484.380.5403 or contact us online.
Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.