A PLAN FOR CHRISTMAS
Although many families feel stress during Christmas, caregivers of loved ones with dementia often feel increased heartache and tension. Due to that added anxiety many feel, dementia-care specialist Tracey Maxfield called the show to offer much needed help.
On Sunday’s show (12/10/201),, Tracey provided a checklist of tips learned from her 35 years as dementia care nurse.
When you’re with a person with dementia, everyone keeps thinking,”Oh well, let’s do this Christmas—let’s do this one the best ever.’ But I think what caregivers need to do is really take a step back and look at what the significance of the holiday is for them and for their loved one.
Tracey shared that many caregivers tend to overdo it for Christmas because of fear it may be their last one with their loved ones. Instead of accepting that undo pressure, Tracey recommended several ideas for a calmer, but more meaningful holiday season.
- Stagger visits with guests and family. Rather than one large event, have smaller and more frequent visits so not overwhelm a loved one with dementia.
- Delegate Tasks.
- Enjoy the Christmas meal and activities earlier in the day.
- Slow down things in the late afternoon and evening.
- Keep to the routine as much as possible.
- Ask Church leadership if they can bring “church” to the home vs. trying to get out in the evening.
- Purchase/Borrow noise canceling headphones and have calming music ready to play. In addition, they can also watch an older movie that they love.
For further information or questions for Tracey, send an email to her:
imfirmier at outlook.com
About Peter Rosenberger
A thirty-year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the journey of a caregiver as few do. His experience led to him to author four books including Hope for the Caregiver, and 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them.
Peter recently earned a 2nd Dan (degree) black-belt in Hapkido. Furthermore, Peter is also an accomplished pianist. He recently released his new CD, Songs for the Caregiver.
Peter and Gracie live in Nashville, TN, where he also serves and the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope.