When you think of the holiday season, what do you picture? Colorful lights, wrapping yourself in a blanket by the fireplace, and scents of freshly cut pine trees? Or do you stress about decorating your home, preparing for extended family to come, and getting all of your shopping done? Both of these images paint a different picture, but they are both aspects of the holiday season.
However, for many of us, our caregiver responsibilities are an added element to this already busy time of year. While the holidays are a time of joy and family, the season can also bring added feelings of stress, especially when you are managing your caregiving duties and trying to prepare for holiday gatherings.
Oaks Senior Living knows just how stressful and busy this time of year can be. As a family-operated business, the Oaks family knows firsthand the added pressures that the holidays can bring to your caregiving routine. Our communities proudly offer respite care and senior living services in Georgia; we want to highlight the benefits of these services, especially for family caregivers during the holiday season.
Reduce Holiday (and 2020) Stress
Everyday life has its own set of stressors, but the holiday season can add to this. Between hosting gatherings, decorating your home, and the financial strain of buying gifts, you likely have little to no time to yourself to relax and reset.
We also know that 2020 has been a challenging year for many of us. Restrictions, health concerns, and changes in our daily routines have increased feelings of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. As we approach the holiday season, shopping, preparations, and gatherings may look different this year, and you may need time to figure out what your holidays will “look like.”
Respite care can help reduce the added stress that you may be feeling. When you can take a step back from your caregiving duties, you have more time to handle other responsibilities. You can have peace of mind knowing that your family member is receiving the care that they need while you focus on completing your holiday shopping and preparations.
Take Time for Yourself
When you take time out of your busy schedule for yourself, you give your mind and body a chance to reset and refresh, allowing you to be fully present when you return to your responsibilities.
The combination of the change in weather and engaging with multiple family members and friends can wreak havoc on your immune system. The constant go, go, go of the season can wear you down, so it is important to allow your body to rest.
Respite care services enable you to take this essential time out for yourself. By doing so, you can care for your own needs, protect yourself from getting sick, and maintain your healthy routine.
Spend Time with Others
It is common for extended members of the family to gather during the holiday season. Chances are, you have not seen these family members since last year. Perhaps you want to spend some quality one-on-one time with a family member or friend, but you cannot leave your mother or father alone.
Respite care gives you the opportunity to spend time with other family members and friends while knowing that your parent is well cared for.
Respite Care All Year Round
Oaks Senior Living offers respite care in Georgia as well as assisted living and memory care services. Even though respite care is beneficial during the holiday season, you can take advantage of these services throughout the year.
The benefits of utilizing respite care in your routine include:
- Preventing caregiver burnout,
- Enabling you to handle other everyday responsibilities,
- Allowing you to take time off for an emergency or planned vacation,
- And serving as a trial for an assisted living community.
Whether an individual is a full-time resident or just staying with us for a few days, our senior living communities in Georgia provide compassionate, person-centered care. For more information on our respite care services and availability, contact Oaks Senior Living today!