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Having Family over for Easter? Some Senior Care Considerations to Make

Senior Care in Chandler AZ

Easter is a time when families generally get together, especially those of the Christian faith. Even for families who no Senior Care in Chandler AZlonger believe or never really did, but always had Easter dinner as a family gathering event, those traditions may continue to this day.

For a senior who requires some type of care, if they are planning on having family over for this particular holiday, there are a few considerations that should be made ahead of time.

Meal preparation.

There are many different traditions when it comes to dinner menus for Easter gatherings. Seniors may be planning on a major, five course meal, but they need to consider their own physical capabilities in putting this all together. If they are planning to have a large feast at their house, they may need to ask family members for assistance preparing some of the dishes.  Family members may prepare one dish at their own home and then reheat it once they reach the senior’s house, or they can arrive early and begin working on their dish within the home.

Trying to rush around and get everything made the day all of the family members are arriving is a recipe for mistakes and accidents. Talking about meal preparation among family can help reduce the risk of injuries and accidents and also ensure a consistent and healthy meal that is incredibly tasty for everyone.

Accommodations.

Making sure the entire family is comfortable within the home is important. If some people are planning to stay overnight, they may be sleeping on the couch, a foldout bed, a futon, or even in some of the guest rooms. Make sure that all guests are aware of their surroundings and to avoid leaving bags, suitcases, pocketbooks, and anything else out in the open.  Any item that is incidentally left on the floor could pose a tripping hazard for the senior.

Cleaning up.

Whether certain family members are planning to stay with the senior overnight or not, cleaning up after a large gathering can be a great deal of work. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to encourage other family members to step up and help the senior out.

Even if the elderly individual has a senior care service provider working with them on a regular basis and will be there on that Easter Sunday, they are not there to serve as a maid or butler. Their primary job is to assist the senior with basic tasks around the house.  Ensure that at least some family members, friends, or even neighbors who are over for this particular gathering help to clean up after the meal. It can make all the difference for the senior and his or her caregiver.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care services in Chandler, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.