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Palliative Care Tips for The Holiday Season

Nov 10, 2017 by Garrett Hafler

Having a loved one who is receiving palliative care can be difficult for any family. However, if you have a senior loved one receiving this type of care during the holiday season, it can make this normally festive time of year seem even more challenging. Unfortunately, this is a situation that many seniors and many families find themselves in each and every year. However, just because you are dealing with the difficult realization that your loved one is receiving palliative care during the holidays, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do in order to make your holiday gatherings more positive and memorable for everyone involved. Here are some tips to consider if you have a loved one receiving this type of care during the holidays.

  • Try to not focus on the negatives during your holiday celebrations. While it can be difficult to know your loved one is suffering, try to focus on the fact that they are with you during this time of year.
  • Don’t dwell on the idea that this may be your loved one’s last holiday. There are many seniors who are under palliative care for years, and bringing this up can only ruin the celebrations for your loved one and family.
  • Make sure to stick with old traditions during the holidays so your loved one doesn’t feel like you are changing your holiday plans on their behalf.
  • Encourage everyone to spend quality time with your loved one.
  • Make sure you plan celebrations and activities that keep your senior loved one involved and included this year.

Knowing a senior loved one is receiving palliative care during the holiday season can be particularly difficult for any family member. While no one ever wants to find themselves in this situation, remembering these tips can go a long way in helping you have a more memorable and enjoyable holiday with your special senior loved one.

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