FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN / ‘Tis the Beginning of the Season – No, Really! /
Halloween is more
than a night when little goblins and
ghosties ring our doorbells looking for
goodies; it also signifies the start of
the holiday travel season. Many of us
will be traveling with our loved ones
for whom we care, or will have relatives
visit with us over the next two months.
These visitations can either represent a
ghoulishly frightening experience or
they can be a real pleasure.
As in all things
regarding caregiving, preparation is the
key to success. If you are
traveling to other people’s homes, make
sure they understand your concerns over
your loved one’s safety. Will
throw rugs need to be stored, beds moved
or even holiday decorations organized so
they will not present opportunities for
a fall? Do you know where the durable
medical equipment store is in your host
family member’s neighborhood?
To get you through
all of the holiday hubbub and
hullabaloo, the good folks at
Today’s Caregiver magazine (ok,
that’s us) have designed the perfect
gift to present to yourself. Consider
The Fearless Caregiver Guide to Holiday
Caregiving as a training manual to
successfully navigate getting through
the holidays on your own terms as a
If your fiends
(okay, I’ll stop) and family members are
starting to make plans to join you for
the holidays, make sure that they do so
as your partners in care. For
example, if your nephew who is handy
with tools will be coming to your house
for the holidays, let him know that a
really useful gift would be for him to
fix that squeaky door or even change the
oil in the car; or you could ask your
sister to sit with Dad while you read a
few chapters of a novel or even
disappear for an afternoon.
Holidays offer a
great opportunity for realistic family
meetings (what we call Board of
Directors meetings) about how your loved
one is fairing. It will, frankly, be up
to you to make sure that the session
remains non-confrontational as well as
instructional. Deep breaths and counting
to ten helps.
Over the next few
weeks, take some time to work together
with your loved ones to help plan for a
truly successful holiday season.
Oh, and one more
thing…if you are to be visited by the
Family Ghouls for any time during the
holidays – you may also want to have the
Fearless Caregiver Guide entitled
Getting Friends & Family to Help on
hand, as well.
Trick or treat?
Make mine treat, please.