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How Caregivers Can Help Their Clients during the Holidays

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December 14, 2015

How Caregivers Can Help Their Clients during the Holidays

How Caregivers Can Help Their Clients during the Holidays

Holidays can be a difficult time for our clients, dealing with loss of loved one, loss of their ability to do things they enjoy, or even loss of their privacy having a caregiver in their home.  The seasonal cues and bustling of the holiday can bring about mixed emotions for a person dealing with grief.

We want to recognize that everyone goes through loss and grief, which is a normal process.  Grief however can sometimes become complicated or the person may be experiencing depression.  What can you do to help your client?

Know the signs of depression:

  • Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
  • Lack of energy, no motivation at all.
  • Increased anxiety, irritability.
  • Loss of appetite or eating too much.
  • Pain, unexplained or worsening.
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.
  • Difficulty performing daily tasks, slowed movement.
  • Decreased personal care, lack of taking care of physical needs.

What you should do as their caregiver:

  • Contact a Fedelta Care Manager with your concerns.
  • Connect client with support group, family, or church.
  • Allow the client to express how they feel, talk out their feelings.
  • Allow the client to share happy memories of loved one.
  • If going to social gathering, help them find ways to “plan ahead” to avoid stress.
  • Provide and offer health snack and water to maintain physical health.
  • Go for a walk with them or other physical activity.

Ensure they take scheduled medications as directed to reduce medication side effects.

We appreciate your extra care and concern during the holiday season. Please know that Fedelta’s Care Managers are available for support if you feel there are any extra concerns with a client.