HomeSpark Home Care Blog

Being the primary caregiver for a family member can make “the most wonderful time of the year” feel more stressful than usual. That is the reality for more than 1 in 5 adults in the United States this holiday season.

You deserve to feel happy and healthy this season too. That’s why we put together some helpful tips below to help your holidays go more smoothly while providing care!

Communicate Your Own Needs

One of the most important things you can do as a caregiver is to be realistic about what you can check off your holiday to-do list and then communicate with others about what you will need help with.

It’s possible that other family members don’t realize the time and energy it takes to be a caregiver and will not anticipate what is needed from them unless you create a conversation around it.

Reflect on What Is Most Meaningful

It can be easy to get distracted by shopping lists, holiday gatherings, and festive activities, but the most important part of this season is spending time with those you love.

You can feel mutually grateful for the time you spend with someone in your care while also feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility it entails. You do not need to endure the holiday season feeling guilty about that. Instead, recognize that providing care for a family member can be simultaneously difficult and beautiful.

Create New Traditions

This time of year might not look like it always has. New traditions as your family changes may better serve everyone’s needs and be the best course of action.

Simplify Your Holiday To-Do List

Consider this your reminder to take as many shortcuts as needed and simplify your holiday. You only have so much time and energy in a day, and many of your resources are used to provide care.

Permitting yourself to step back from the holiday cooking, cleaning, and hosting expectations will allow you to be more present with your family and enjoy yourself more.

Prioritize Self-Care

As a caregiver responsible for meeting the needs of someone you love, your focus is rarely on meeting your own needs. Taking care of someone else can take a toll on your physical and emotional health, and more than half of caregivers say a decline in their health affects their ability to provide care. Do what you can to stay healthy, and don't be afraid to ask for help.

Consider Professional Help

Even after communicating your needs, simplifying your traditions, and prioritizing self-care, you may still need an extra hand. In this case, it may be time to consider turning to a professional caregiver for help.

At HomeSpark, we know that this is not a decision that is made lightly. Your family deserves trustworthy and compassionate care that you can count on. That’s why our team of caregivers is professionally trained to provide non-medical in-home care services that can provide you peace of mind. We are committed to providing the best care for your loved ones as they age, this holiday season and beyond.

Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and to receive a customized care plan for your loved one.



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If you or your loved one is in need of non-medical home care services, contact HomeSpark today for a consultation. We will help you develop a personal care plan tailored around your individual needs.