Senior Holiday Blues – Home Care for the Holidays

Coping with the holidays soon upon us can be difficult for some, especially those with a recent loss or living alone. We tend to think of the holidays as time spent with family, friends, other loved ones or attending festivities and events in community living centers.

What if you are not looking forward to the holidays or feeling depressed knowing they are approaching?

Many people, especially seniors, have experienced the loss of a friend, a relative or a loved one throughout the year. Holidays tend to have undertones of depression and anxiety.

Professionals in the healthcare field suggest to have some type of plan for the actual holiday.

Make an effort to “connect” with someone, even if you are not able to leave your home, you can accomplish this by phone, Skype or some other method or make a point to go someplace with others.

  1. A walk on the beach, a park visit, a meal out or even a museum visit.
  2. Surround yourself with other people so the feeling of being alone does not make one feel even more isolated.
  3. Art can also emotionally lift spirits.  Something as simple as coloring.
  4. Making a holiday craft or homemade card or food item to give someone is another option.
  5. Volunteering at an event, if possible, is another suggestion.

The point is to try to be around other people. It can be as simple as offering to provide a ride for another senior, sharing a meal together or going to a religious gathering.
Don’t try to “go it alone”, share. Your stories can help lighten up someone else’s holiday!

Professional Caregivers specialize in Home Care through the holidays.  You can’t always be there for your parents and Grandparents.  A trusted caregiver can deliver a hot meal, help call family, lift their spirit, promote activities and much more.

  Schedule a Holiday Caregiver to Combat Those Blues

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About the Author:

I am a practicing social worker for over 35 years, mostly in health care. Social work has been both rewarding and challenging. The profession has allowed me to work in areas such as trauma, oncology, orthopedics, intensive care, psychiatric , hospice, maternal child health and other fields. I have taught classes, mentored SDSU students, worked with most of the larger health care companies in San Diego and recently went back to school for a certificate in school social work.

Acknowledging the need for improved resources and accessibility for the elderly, I have recently joined a home care company providing quality caregivers to clients in need, most of them wanting to remain in their own home environment with adequate supports.

Clients have taught me so much over the years. I am as excited about my work today as I was when I started and look forward to many more professional years ahead.

MaryAnn Lentini, M.S.W., P.P.S.

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