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Preparing for the Holiday Season with Hospice

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The holiday season is a time of joy, love, and togetherness for many families. It's a time when we gather with loved ones, exchange gifts, and create lasting memories. However, for those who have a family member or friend in hospice care, the holidays can bring a mixture of emotions. While it's undoubtedly a challenging time, with proper planning and support, it is possible to find moments of joy and meaning during the holiday season.

Communicate with Your Hospice Team 

The first step in preparing for the holiday season with a loved one in hospice is open communication with the hospice care team. They have experience in navigating the challenges of the holiday season and can provide guidance and support. Discuss your goals, expectations, and concerns with the team to ensure your loved one's comfort and safety.

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Simplify Your Celebrations

During this time, it may be wise to simplify your holiday celebrations. Instead of hosting a large gathering, consider having a smaller, more intimate get-together with close family and friends. Focus on the quality of the time spent together, rather than the quantity of people present. If you will be bringing your loved one to another family member’s home, ask them to prepare a space where your loved one can take a nap or simply take a break if needed.

Plan Meaningful Traditions

Consider creating new holiday traditions that can be enjoyed with your loved one in hospice. These may include reminiscing about past holidays, sharing cherished stories, or engaging in activities that your loved one can comfortably participate in. These traditions can help create memorable moments and foster a sense of connection.

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Adjust Gift-Giving 

When a loved one is on hospice during the holidays, the focus shifts from material gifts to thoughtful and meaningful gestures. Consider gifts that bring comfort, such as cozy blankets, soothing music, or a photo album filled with cherished memories. Your hospice team can provide guidance on selecting appropriate gifts. Ultimately, the most important gift you can give to your loved one receiving hospice care is your time.

Be Mindful of Symptoms and Medications 

Be attentive to your loved one's condition, especially if they have specific symptoms or medications that need to be managed. Ensure that you have a clear understanding of their medication regimen and have the necessary support in place to provide relief from pain or discomfort. Keep in mind that as the body shuts down, your loved one may no longer wish to eat their favorite foods. Factor that into holiday planning, focusing instead on things they might enjoy more like caroling or watching grandchildren open presents.

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Capture Memories 

Documenting the holidays with your loved one in hospice is a wonderful way to preserve precious memories. Take photos, create scrapbooks, or even record video messages to cherish for years to come. These tangible memories can offer comfort and a sense of connection.

Seek Support and Share the Load 

Remember that you don't have to navigate the holiday season with a loved one in hospice on your own. Seek support from friends, family members, or support groups. Sharing the responsibilities and emotional weight can make the season more manageable.

While the holiday season can be challenging when a loved one is in hospice, it's also an opportunity to cherish the moments you have together. Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care can help you keep your loved one at home through the holiday season with extra support in the home. To learn more about our services, please call 1-888-564-3405.


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