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3 Tips for Caregiving at Home During Christmas

December 14, 20233 min read

Holiday times can be overwhelming for caregivers and those with dementia. Establishing a holiday routine calendar can help maintain a sense of normalcy.

This visual tool can outline festive events and daily activities, aiding in keeping track and reducing stress.

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Holiday times can be overwhelming for caregivers and those with dementia. Establishing a holiday routine calendar can help maintain a sense of normalcy.

This visual tool can outline festive events and daily activities, aiding in keeping track and reducing stress.

0:02:22 Overcoming Challenges of Holiday Season for Caregivers

0:03:57 Creating a Holiday Routine Calendar for Dementia Caregiving

0:12:18 Creating a Holiday Routine and Sensory Friendly Decorations

0:12:58 Tailored Gift-Giving Ideas for Meaningful Memories

0:14:13 Tips for Caregiving at Home during Christmas

0:15:13 Join Our Dementia Caregiving Community

The festive season can be a sensory overload. Opt for simple, engaging decorations that evoke warmth and comfort without overwhelming. Consider the person's background to create an environment that resonates with their past experiences and preferences.

Thoughtful Gift-Giving

Gifts for those with dementia should be tailored to their needs and stage of the journey. Ideas like weighted blankets or simple puzzles can offer comfort and engagement.

Resources like the Alzheimer’s store provide a range of appropriate gift options.

Creating Lasting Memories

The essence of the season is about creating moments of joy and lasting memories. Embrace the opportunity to make the most of the time with your loved one, capturing these special moments through photographs and shared experiences.

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Disclaimer: These blogs, videos and any work done by Lizette Cloete OT, as a Member of Think Different Dementia, LLC, is given only as educational content and consulting work. This does not create an Occupational Therapist-Patient Relationship. The educational content and consulting work performed should not be considered medical treatment as an Occupational Therapist. The consulting work does not take the place of medical work normally performed by a licensed Occupational Therapist. Please consult a licensed Occupational Therapist for medical advice.

“Think Different” Dementia’s owner, Lizette Cloete, OTR/L graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1992. She and her husband emigrated to the USA in 1993, and currently reside in South Carolina. They have 2 daughters and one son-in-love, 4 cats, one dog and 16 chickens.

Lizette has almost 30 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings, the latest being in the home health environment. Among her many accomplishments, she served on the South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association’s Board of Directors from 2008-2014. She enjoys teaching on the topic of dementia, most recently presenting at a national conference on the topic “Dementia Made Simple”

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Lizette Cloete, OTR/L CADDCT, CDP

“Think Different” Dementia’s owner, Lizette Cloete, OTR/L graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1992. She and her husband emigrated to the USA in 1993, and currently reside in South Carolina. They have 2 daughters and one son-in-love, 4 cats, one dog and 16 chickens. Lizette has almost 30 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings, the latest being in the home health environment. Among her many accomplishments, she served on the South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association’s Board of Directors from 2008-2014. She enjoys teaching on the topic of dementia, most recently presenting at a national conference on the topic “Dementia Made Simple”.

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