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Thanksgiving Tips for Caretakers

By: Senior Helpers | Published 11/22/2021

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Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many American families, meant to enjoy spending time with loved ones, good food, and a relaxing atmosphere. Planning for an event like this can sometimes be a bit stressful, especially if you’re a caretaker for a senior loved one in your life. Below are some tips to help you get through Thanksgiving with ease and help you get back to enjoying what the day is all about—giving thanks for all of the blessings in your life.

Thanksgiving Tips for Caregivers:

Don’t hesitate to receive help. Thanksgiving Day is filled with family and friends, and that means there will be people who can help look after your senior loved one so you can enjoy the festivities. Let friends and family help! You’ll both be thankful for the assistance.

Be prepared. Special dietary needs are common among the elderly population. If your senior loved one has difficulty chewing or only likes certain foods, be prepared by bringing or preparing those items. This will allow everyone to enjoy the meal together and you’ll have the help you need!

Take care of yourself! As a caregiver, it’s easy to forget your own needs. This Thanksgiving, take advantage of the extra friends and family and allow them to help see to the needs of your loved one so you can enjoy time with those around you!

Be mindful. Part of what makes those sauces and gravies so flavorful and rich is the additives used. While they make our food delicious, you’ll want to be mindful of any potential allergies, sensitivities, or restrictions your senior may have. Elderly people may also be more sensitive to heartburn or stomach upset with rich food. Make sure to have any regular medications with just in case and encourage them not to overeat. These simple reminders will help everyone feel better and enjoy Thanksgiving a little more!

Socializing. If you don’t have family around to share a Thanksgiving meal with, do not let that stop the fun. Reach out to a local senior center, church, or neighborhood and dine together! There is no reason anyone should have to be alone on Thanksgiving.

Stay Healthy. The holidays can be a vulnerable time for all of us when it comes to our health, but especially for seniors! Don’t hesitate to call their doctor and schedule a check-up appointment ahead of the holidays. Make sure you are taking proper safety precautions such as staying home if not feeling well, washing hands regularly, frequently sanitizing common spaces, etc. Colds, flue, and many other conditions can be more prevalent during this time of year, so stay mindful of health. Keeping prescriptions filled on time will help if you plan to travel.

Thanksgiving should be a time to relax and just enjoy friends and family. We hope these tips will help you to have a wonderful holiday season. From all of us at Senior Helpers, Happy Thanksgiving!!

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