Thanksgiving is always a time for family and celebration. However, when a member of your family requires in-home care and support, you might worry about whether they’re up to a big family event.
With Abby Services we use, our experience as elderly care providers to help our clients and their families navigate holidays, like Thanksgiving, to help them be more senior-friendly. We hope the following suggestions for senior care will be helpful in making Thanksgiving more enjoyable and less stressful for you and all of your family members.
Thanksgiving is a time for connecting with friends and family. However, older family members may have difficulty, due to dental health, older taste buds, chewing strength concerns, and swallowing difficulty. If a member of your family requires elderly care, it’s a good idea to try to design your Thanksgiving dinner menu around what they can and can’t eat.
You will want to think about making dishes that are easy to chew and gentle on those with dentures. Be sure to, limit salt in favor of other seasonings. If your loved one has a Thanksgiving favorite that they might have issues chewing — such as turkey — you can help by cutting their food into manageable pieces.
If you need to travel with an elderly loved one this Thanksgiving, take steps to make sure their ride is a comfortable one.
Seniors are often more sensitive and susceptible to cold, so if you’re driving and the weather’s cool, consider bringing a blanket. You might want to make sure they are comfortable by offering a support cushion to help with their posture.
With rest stops limited you may want to plan specific stops and consider incontinence and necessary products to have available.
Also, make sure you’ve packed any medications that your loved one might need while away from home.
Abby Services is available throughout the year, including over holidays like Thanksgiving. If you think that your loved one would benefit from having a senior care provider with them over the holidays call today! Having a professional caregiver around for Thanksgiving can help you ensure your loved one is looked after, giving you the chance to spend your day enjoying your time with the whole family.