One of the most challenging parts of caregiving can be bringing hopefulness, joy and cheer to the house or room of someone who is chronically, even terminally ill.
Have you considered using decorations in a new way to brighten and cheer a room?
That’s what we did when my mother was ill. We used ceramic Christmas trees as nightlights. Their colorful lights helped chase the gloom and sadness of her illness away.
When you find something to bring a smile and laughter to your carereceiver, the “rules” about when to do things suddenly seem unimportant. After all, if they’re terminally ill and these are their last remaining days or weeks or months with you, why not make them the happiest you can?
- Consider using decorations in nontraditional ways. Like a ceramic tree as a nightlight.
- Make favorite dishes or meals now, not just at Thanksgiving or other traditional feast days. Favorite dishes or a different colored plate may stimulate the appetite of a picky eater.
- Have fun whenever you can!
What do you do to bring joy and smiles to your carereceiver? Share in the comments!
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To your Happy&Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore, M.D.
Founder, www.CaregivingWithPurpose.com and www.TheKnittingYarn.comShare This .