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Rest and Relaxation During the Holidays for a Caregiver

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The holidays have always been full of excitement and joy, but at the end of it all, everyone is ready to take a nap, rest, and relax. It is a lot of work to host, plan, feed, and entertain the family. So, if you have a loved one who gets care from someone else in the family, give them the gift of rest and relaxation this holiday season. Looking for ideas? We have a guide that can help:

Relax – The Meal is Taken Care Of

Even if you’re joining the party, you can still bring the food! There are several restaurants that provide holiday meals that you are able to pick-up, heat up, and enjoy. Whether you buy a prepared meal, or you cook it yourself, it is a large task that you can take off the plate of the caregiver in your life.

Ready to step this up a notch? Make this a gift that lasts all year long by signing your loved one up for meals on wheels or another neighborhood meal service. There are many non-profit organizations that provide daily lunches that are very inexpensive, or even free! Another idea is to contact a home care agency and pre-pay for a year of in-home help. Care organizations like Homewatch CareGivers are able to come in and do some light housecleaning and meal prep in the evenings for those who just need a few extra hours in their day.

Get Some Rest – The House is Decorated

If your loved one is a big fan of Christmas decorations, and often times this task is left up to the caregiver in your life, then gift them the ability to rest, kick back, and watch a job well done… or maybe a job undone! There are many businesses out there that specialize in putting up Christmas and taking down decorations, and even packing them up, and helping you get them back into storage where they live for the rest of the year. Give the family caregiver in your life a break, and help them get the help that they need to get this done.

Interested in stepping this up a notch? You can make this a gift that lasts all year long by hiring handyman services that will help the family caregiver in your life, as well as your loved one, keep the house well maintained and in good working order. A handyman can help fix leaky faucets, replace lightbulbs, repair unsteady bannisters, and so much more. Taking these kinds of tasks off of your caregiver’s list will be a gift that lasts a lifetime.

Sit Back and Enjoy – Everything is All Cleaned Up!

We know that not all family caregivers are caring for the elderly. There are many caregivers out there that provide care to young spouses with chronic conditions, or children with disabilities. The long-term effects of providing care to someone you live with can mean that it is often difficult to do even the most mundane tasks. Just because the caregiver in your life has spent years honing their caregiving skills doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve time away from it all so that they can just be who they are for a few hours. Why not give the gift of a clean house?

Purchase the caregiver in your life a cleaning service, that includes carpets, vents, and more so that they don’t feel like they have to deep-clean every few days. Or step it up a notch and hire a professional maid service. Want to kick it up even more? Even out the daily maintenance by contacting a home care agency for a few hours a day of help around the house (including help with your loved one) to let your loved one feel that they are truly appreciated.

Regardless of how you do it, the loved one in your life will feel more organized and capable when they don’t have to constantly worry about a clean home on top of everything else they’re dealing with.

Homewatch CareGivers of Woodbridge is always here for you and your loved one! We can provide you with support in the home, for a few hours, or on a daily or 24-hr basis. Give us a call today to learn more about the options you have.

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