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It’s the Thought That Counts
By: Michelle Remold
As the Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close, I can’t help but anticipate the rest of the holiday season. This time of year is definitely my favorite and I try to volunteer as much as possible. This time of year also makes me think about ways to include loved ones who are in skilled nursing facilities, especially those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
When I think back to when my grandpa was in the nursing home, some of my best memories come from the holiday season. We couldn’t put a tree up in his room, but we always had a fake Poinsettia for his night stand and brought a real one for the nursing station. We also would bring a few sheets of window clings for his window. We would bring holiday themed coloring books, color pictures with him, and hang them on his walls for decorations.
When we got around to baking cookies, a tray would find its way up to him. My grandpa had a sweet tooth, so cookies were his favorite part. We would also bring cookies up for the nurses and would pass out cookies and other desserts to the residents who were able to eat them. We would wrap presents and take them up to the nursing home for him to open. During one of my grandpa’s last holidays, my cousin played the piano and we all sang carols for him. My brother and I even would dance with him to the music playing in the hallways.
As the holidays roll around, people tend to become very busy, but it’s important to remember that it is the small things that make holidays great. It could be stopping up to put window clings or bringing up coffee and cookies and just enjoying each other’s company or a short note. I think the most important thing is to make them feel special and remembered.
They may not remember in a few moments what gifts they had just received, what pictures were taken, or what songs were sung, but does it really matter? For a few moments they had a smile on their face and to me that’s all that matters. After all it’s the thought that counts.
Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.
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Holidays Increase Caregiving Challenges
by Lori – La Bey of Senior Lifestyle Trends
Caregiving is challenging no matter what side of Care you are on – Giving or Receiving.
Lori La Bey of Senior Lifestyle Trends
I learned early on as a Caregiver when I perceived my role as a “Fix It Person,” my To Do list became a competitive game with a Win/Lose outcome, driven by my need to control things.
Today I approach my Caregiving with flexibility. I assess three things before I proceed with any task. Those three things are: Is the person I am providing care to: 1) Safe, 2) Pain-free, and 3) Happy. If so, I move forward as planned. If not, I make adjustments so I can say “yes” to those three items. Then I review my checklist knowing it is ok to reprioritize. I accept some things may not get completed how, when, or where I thought they would. I have found these three words help me stay focused on what’s truly important. It’s not about me feeling in control. It’s about Good Care. Funny thing is, when I am more flexible in my Caregiving Role, I am less stressed and feel more in control.
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