A Caregiver’s Guide to the Holiday Season

While the holiday season is a magical time of year, many of us feel stress during this extra busy time – from finding that perfect gift to making your home a winter wonderland to caring for loved ones. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by our seasonal “to-do” lists and when caring for a friend or family member is added to the mix that stressful feeling is amplified.

This is one of the reasons the Central West CCAC is here. Our dedicated team of Central West CCAC care coordinators will be out in the community during the holiday season, alongside our service provider partners, to deliver care to patients and their families. I have no doubt that they will continue to do a tremendous job of providing high-quality health care during this busy time.

But what about the caregivers who also work tirelessly throughout the year? There are a number of self-serve resources available to caregivers and families that can help you balance it all this holiday season:

  • Download our Caregiver Support Guide to help you create caregiving strategies during the holidays and throughout the year
  • Find support in your community through the Central West Healthline, which provides up-to-date information about over 1,000 heath care services and resources in our region
  • Follow us on Twitter for caregiver tips on how to make the most of the holiday season
  • Know your health care options so you and your family can receive the right care, in the right place this holiday season

Most importantly, take time to enjoy the season by asking for help from family and friends. By sharing the caregiving responsibilities you are able to participate in the special holiday moments and know that you’re appreciated for all you do. This also allows you to take a break to rest and recharge. It will go a long way in helping to keep you well and prevent you from burning out, because if you’re not well it becomes even more challenging to take care of others.

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