FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
It's That Time of Year Again/
Well, we have found ourselves in the midst
of another holiday season, with its eggnog, turkey (starting
last week) and family visitors, yet if you are responsible for
the care of loved ones, the holidays can present some special
Allow me to present some useful Holiday
Tips and Tools:
If someone in the house is in a
wheelchair, unsteady on his or her feet, cannot make good
judgments or be left alone, it is important to keep
Don't move the furniture around
Be sure cords aren't stretched all over
the place or presents piled in the passageways.
Make sure priceless heirlooms are safe
and out of the way.
Blinking lights can tend to confuse some
Have someone stay with the loved one
while you shop.
Delegate relatives and friends to bring
food (Nothing wrong with potluck!) And, don't forget
catering can be an option.
Have Uncle Ted sit with dad while you
take a bubble bath or read a few chapters of a novel.
And my favorite, tell your handy dandy
grandson, Dan to make sure to bring his tool kit
In a crowded situation, don't play
"handoff." Be sure you, as the primary caregiver, know where
your loved one is and if they need anything. Some loved
one's wander and this is the perfect time for them to slip
out the door.
It is also important to maintain your
loved one's regular sleep patterns and not let them get too
This goes for you too, too!
your Holiday Tips and Techniques