Notes on a seasonal theme: The 12 Days of home care

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The holidays can be a joyous time for everyone, especially seniors. Borrowing from a familiar holiday theme, here are some ideas to make it more festive for seniors and their caregivers.

On the 1st day of home care, my caregiver helped me make something crafty.

Caregivers can assist in crafting with your loved one, such as cutting paper trees or stringing popcorn to make garland.

On the 2nd day of home care, my caregiver helped me decorate my tree.

If your loved one wishes to put up a tree this year, our caregivers can put on lights, ornaments, garland, etc.

On the 3rd day of home care, my caregiver helped me bake sugar cookies.

Caregivers can help your loved one bake special holiday treats such as cookies or cakes.

On the 4th day of home care, my caregiver helped me buy gifts for my family.

Our caregivers can drive your loved one to the malls and shop with them.

On the 5th day of home care, my caregiver helped me look back on memories.

Our caregivers can rekindle happy memories by reminiscing over old pictures or videos.

On the 6th day of home care, my caregiver helped me watch merry movies.

Our caregivers can rent and play classic holiday movies for your loved one such as "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Holiday Inn."

On the 7th day of home care, my caregiver helped me send cards to my family.

Our caregivers can help mail cards or family newsletters.

On the 8th day of home care, my caregiver helped me with healthy eating.

Holiday treats can cause anyone to overindulge on unhealthy foods. Caregivers can prepare nutritious meals for your loved one.

On the 9th day of home care, my caregiver helped me put on my stockings.

Whether it is a sweater festooned with jingle bells or light-up socks, your loved one will be dressed in their holiday best with help from our caregivers.

On the 10th day of home care, my caregiver helped me get to parties.

Our caregivers can provide transportation to holiday parties or family get-togethers.

On the 11th day of home care, my caregiver helped me wrap gifts for my family.

Our caregivers can help wrap presents, place bows and write out gift tags.

On the 12th day of home care, my caregiver helped me create memories.

Most importantly, our caregivers can ensure your loved one has a cheerful, jolly holiday season.

It can be difficult for family caregivers to juggle all of their responsibilities during this happy but hectic time of year. Shopping, planning and cleaning leave little time to help with your loved one's shopping, planning and cleaning.

Consider using a home care agency to help you care for your loved one. Services are available for a few hours a week or around-the-clock care.

James Wogsland, Certified Senior Advisor, is the owner of ComForCare Home Care. JWogsland@ComForCare.com

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