The holidays are a fun and exciting time of year where families and loved ones gather and spend time together. However, families that are caring for an aging loved one may find that they will struggle more than usual with day-to-day tasks and preparations during the holidays. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. There are a few ways that family caregivers can manage increased holiday demands, while ensuring the safety and well being of mom or dad through the use of support services.
Adult Day Care and Respite Services
One option that family caregivers may have during the holidays is adult day care and respite care services. This allows the opportunity for the aging parent to get out of the house for awhile and can give the caregiver a break. Whether the adult child wishes to attend holiday functions with friends or coworkers, or simply needs some time to prepare, these programs are available. A few things to keep in mind when considering adult day care:
- Hours and days of operations may be more limited during the holiday seasons
- Seniors who need specialized memory or dementia care in South Metro Denver may not adjust well to a new environment such as adult day care.
In-Home Care Services
Home care is a unique support service that can be used during the holidays, or any time of the year for that matter, in which hours are not limited. Non-medical services such as assistance with grooming, activities of daily living and companionship are available, just to name a few things these support services can help with. The family caregiver will have options such as live-in assistance or hourly home care in Centennial, provided by caregivers who have been properly trained and screened.
Free Community Support Services
Last but not least, there are free community support services that may be available during the holidays. This option is somewhat limited and may be sponsored by agencies such as the Area Agency on Aging. They may provide activities and meals to seniors that are home bound or services at a specified location. Caregivers must keep in mind that the number of participants may be limited and this differs significantly from other types of support services as the basis of these programs is geared more towards providing socialization for the senior.
To learn more about in-home support services, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Centennial, a trusted provider of in-home care in South Metro Denver. Our devoted Care Managers and experienced caregivers can help you create the care plan that best meets your loved one’s needs and your holiday schedule. We also offer complimentary in-home consultations and we do not require long-term contracts with our care services. Reach out to us at 303-957-3100 for more information.