Reinforcing Healthy Patterns - by helping clients stick to their schedule, you can help them maintain a healthy foundation that can stabilise overall health. This will also help you too, because sudden changes in your client’s routine can upset your own balance. As holiday events and family visits occur, clients may be engaged in more activity than usual or place pressure on themselves to keep up with the hustle and bustle. Encouraging clients to stick to their sleeping schedule and making sure they take all prescribed medications on time and in correct doses can help keep them on track.
Respecting Boundaries - Christmas can come with a host of feelings for clients. Perhaps a client is feeling lonely because of the absence of loved ones or they are unable to fully participate in activities due to physical limits or health needs. Cheer and goodwill of the season may make you want to do more for the client, remember to maintain professional standards at all times and respect their boundaries, as well as your own. While some clients may need extra care and support, you must remain cognisant of the caregiver-client relationship.
Practicing Self-Care - while your clients may be at the top of your mind, it is also vital to make sure that you are ok. Checking in with yourself and practicing self-care is important for everyone during the Christmas period. Try and maintain your own healthy sleeping and eating schedule and only commit to holiday events or commitments that will not encroach on your well-being. If you are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted, speak with a health care professional.
The Christmas season affects everyone, including caregivers. It is important to remember yourself and your own health even when you are delivering care to others.