A person’s care needs will not change over the festive period, nor does the live-in care available. Live-in carers usually work on Christmas Day, but this should be agreed with them beforehand; it may be that they want to spend the day with their own family, but a respite carer can easily be brought in to cover the shift. Whether you want to visit your loved one or take them out with you on Christmas day, Live-in carers can offer support all through the festive season.
It is a good idea to prepare and organise arrangements ahead of time, to ensure everyone is aware of what is happening over the Christmas period. If your loved one has dementia or other memory issues, then making them and their carer aware of plans ahead of time can help avoid any confusion or upset. Their live-in carer can prompt and remind them about what is happening over the Christmas period in the weeks leading up to it and then if a respite carer is required or there is a change to their usual routine, it may be easier for them to accept and adapt to, meaning they can be looking forward to the Christmas period without worries or being stressed by the change.
Elderly live-in care at home can be especially helpful around Christmas and there are so many opportunities for the carers to help your family with Christmas activities. Just a handful of the thing’s carers could help with maybe helping with cooking Christmas meals, decorating the house, running errands or getting presents, and taking your loved one to visit family and friends in safe ways. A live-in carer will also be able to provide your loved one with much-needed companionship during these colder, winter months when they may feel the effects of isolation more. Christmas is synonymous with family, warmth, and love, so if your loved one lives alone then a live-in carer can provide them with that companionship.
A live-in carer will understand the needs of your loved one and tailor their support to match these needs and they can help you to continue with the Christmas festivities with peace of mind over the safety and wellbeing of your loved one. A live-in carer can help take away some of the stress around fulfilling specific care needs and supporting them at family occasions and making sure that they are safe and warm during the colder months. They can also manage medication and personal care duties, which can help free up time for you to focus on the bond and love you have for your loved one rather than just practical responsibilities.
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