Caring for the Caregiver: Family Caregiving During the Holidays

Family caregiving can be stressful during the best of times. Holidays can prove to be especially challenging for even the most stalwart of caregivers. And unlike decorating, shopping and wrapping, caregiving doesn’t afford the ability to step back at a point and say, “Well, at least that’s done!”

During holidays especially, there’s the added stress of juggling more activities and undertakings than usual. As family and friends find themselves caught up in the whirlwind of their own holiday activities, the family caregiver may feel more isolated in their responsibilities.

If you feel the burden is too much, now is the time to bring it up and discuss it with other family members. They may not realize just how much work goes into the care of a senior loved one. The trick is—how does one do that in a non-judgemental, nonconfrontational way?

Our friends at Lotsa Helping Hands are offering a free webinar –Caregiving During the Holidays– on Thursday December 15 at 2 pm EDT.

As you gather to celebrate with your family this holiday season, it is the perfect opportunity to sit down and have conversations about caregiving for aging parents or other loved ones—whether you have already started your caregiving journey or will be in the future. The webinar will be especially focused on “caregiving conversation starters.” This is a great opportunity to learn ideas for holiday caregiving and planning ahead as well as useful tips and features of Lotsa Helping Hands. You can register at

This may also be the time to bring up the possibility of hiring respite care from a quality senior home care agency. Most family caregivers spend 20-40 hours per week caring for their loved ones. The holidays are a perfect time to gift yourself or someone you love with much-needed help.

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