5 Tips for Caregivers to Help Manage Holiday Stress – Part 2

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But for caregivers, the holiday season can be a time of increased stress. If you’re providing care for an aging parent or loved one, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the thought of adding holiday parties and shopping to your already full plate. 

Take a deep breath—you’re not alone. According to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care®, 64 percent of caregivers say they experience increased stress during the holidays. To help you stay sane during the next few weeks, we’ve put together a list of 10 tips for caregivers to help manage holiday stress. Last week we shared 5 tips to get you started with managing your holiday stresses. This week we will be covering 5 additional tips, to assist you with managing your holiday stress this holiday season.

Stick to a routine: 

Maintaining a regular routine will help reduce stress and provide some sense of normalcy during what can be a hectic time of year. 

Make time for exercise: 

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress—try to fit in at least 30 minutes each day, even if it means getting up a little earlier or walking around the block while your loved one takes a nap. 

Eat healthy: 

When you’re busy, it’s easy to let healthy eating habits go by the wayside—but nutritious food will help you stay energized and focused throughout the day. Make sure to eat regular meals and snacks and avoid sugary foods that will give you a quick burst of energy followed by an inevitable crash. 

Seek support: 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, seek out support from other caregivers or join a support group—sometimes it helps just knowing that you’re not alone in this journey. 

Ask for help: 

Don’t hesitate to ask family and friends for help—whether it’s watching your loved one so you can run some errands or simply lending an ear when you need someone to talk to, there’s no shame in asking for assistance when caring for an aging parent or loved one during the holidays (or any other time of year). 

Caregiving is a daunting task and it can be especially difficult during the holiday season. Remember you are not alone! I hope these 10 tips will help you through this challenging time.


A Powerful Story of Love and Caregiving

Arthur and Angela’s story is a unique one and in this episode, they share it all with us.

Listen in and get inspired by how they have been able to progress on their journey in love and caregiving.

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Caregiving can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. The information that you will receive from The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Specials Newsletter will support you as a caregiver. Remember…

1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

5 Tips for Caregivers to Help Manage Holiday Stress – Part 1

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But for caregivers, the holiday season can be a time of increased stress. If you’re providing care for an aging parent or loved one, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the thought of adding holiday parties and shopping to your already full plate. 

Take a deep breath—you’re not alone. According to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care®, 64 percent of caregivers say they experience increased stress during the holidays. To help you stay sane during the next few weeks, we’ve put together a list of 10 tips for caregivers to help manage holiday stress. Here are 5 tips, to get you started on managing your holiday stress

1. Start early: 

One way to reduce stress is to start your holiday preparations early. This will give you more time to take care of tasks and enjoy the season.

2. Delegate: 

Don’t try to do everything yourself—delegate tasks to other family members and friends. This will help lighten your load and allow you to focus on what’s most important.

3. Simplify: 

Don’t feel like you have to go all out this year. Keep things simple and focus on enjoying quality time with your loved ones.

4. Set realistic expectations: 

The holidays don’t have to be perfect—set realistic expectations and make plans that you can realistically execute without feeling overwhelmed. 

5. Take breaks:

Caring for a loved one can be exhausting—make sure to take breaks when you need them and don’t feel guilty about taking some time for yourself. 

The holidays can be difficult for caregivers who are already feeling stressed from their day-to-day responsibilities. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, take some deep breaths and remember that you’re not alone—64 percent of caregivers report increased stress during the holiday season according to Home Instead Senior Care®’s annual study. And use our tips above as a reminder that there are things you can do to proactively manage your stress levels during this festive time of year!


Are you planning to care for your aging loved one or client and don’t have a spouse or children to assist you with day-to-day tasks? Check out my latest podcast to learn about the steps you can take to get the support you need when the time comes!

Some of us chose not to have children, while for others it just didn’t happen. Our work or pets take their place. But, unfortunately, our jobs or cats cannot help us out in case of an emergency or if we become ill.

So how do we plan for elder care when we don’t have a spouse or children? In this episode, I share the steps one can take to get the support one need when the time comes.

Tap in to listen to all the value shared.

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Subscribe to The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Newsletter!

Caregiving can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. The information that you will receive from The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Specials Newsletter will support you as a caregiver. Remember…

1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Part B Medicare: An Overview

By Roz Jones

As a caregiver, you may be responsible for managing your loved one’s health care. If your loved one is enrolled in Medicare, you may be wondering what Part B covers and how it works. Here’s a quick overview of Part B Medicare.

What is Part B Medicare & What Does it cover?

Part B is sometimes called “Medigap” coverage because it helps cover some of the costs not covered by Part A. This can include things like outpatient care, preventive services, and durable medical equipment. 

Who is eligible for Part B Medicare?

In order to be eligible for Part B Medicare, your loved one must be 65 years of age or older and a United States citizen or legal permanent resident. Your loved one may also be eligible if you are under 65 years old and have a disability.

What Doesn’t Medicare Cover?

There are some services that Part B does not cover. It is important to note that Part B Medicare does not cover hospitalization costs of nursing home care. These include long-term care, dental care, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Additionally, Part B has a deductible that must be met before coverage begins. Once the deductible is met, Part B pays for 80% of covered services. Your loved one is responsible for the other 20%. 

How much does Part B Medicare cost?

Part B also has an out-of-pocket maximum. This is the most your loved one will have to pay for covered services in a year. Once the out-of-pocket maximum is met, Part B pays for 100% of covered services for the rest of the year. 

As a caregiver, it is important to be aware of the different types of coverage that are available through Medicare. In this blog post, we’ve given you an overview of what Part B Medicare is and what it covers. We hope this information will be helpful to you as you navigate the world of healthcare with your loved ones.

If you would like to learn more about Part B Medicare, be sure to sign up for my newsletter below!


Are you a Caregiver who is struggling with being confident in the decisions you have to make for your aging clients or loved ones? Check out the latest episode of The Caregiver Cafe Podcast to learn why you should trust your gut!

As a caregiver, should you trust your gut when making decisions that affect your loved one?
Research has shown that when people base decisions on their instincts, they often come up with the correct answers to problems.

In this episode, I share why you should trust your gut when responsible for the health and well-being of a loved one.

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Subscribe to The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Newsletter!

Caregiving can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. The information that you will receive from The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Specials Newsletter will support you as a caregiver. Remember…

1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Get Part A Medicare and Be Prepared…

By Roz Jones

What is Part A Medicare?

Medicare Part A is the most important part of your aging loved one’s Medicare coverage. It pays for inpatient hospital care, certain types of nursing facility care, home health care and hospice care. If your aging loved one is eligible for Social Security benefits or Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits and has paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years, they are probably eligible to get Part A without having to pay a premium.

How does my aging loved one pay for Part A Medicare?
Part A Medicare pays for itself through monthly premiums that are deducted from your aging loved one’s Social Security benefits. If your aging loved one is not receiving Social Security benefits, they can still enroll in Part A Medicare, but they will have to pay a monthly premium.

Eligibility
Your aging loved one is eligible for Part A Medicare if they are 65 years of age or older. If your loved one is under 65 years of age and has been receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration for at least 24 months.

If your loved one is not eligible for Part A Medicare, they can still enroll in Part B Medicare. Part A Medicare has no annual deductible and no coinsurance amount; however, there is a lifetime maximum benefit limit of $4000.

Part A Medicare is a government-sponsored health insurance program that covers hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care, hospice care, and home health care. If your aging loved one is 65 years of age or older, or if they are under 65 years of age and have been receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration for at least 24 months, they may be eligible for Part A Medicare. Most people who are eligible for Part A Medicare do not have to pay a monthly premium; however, there is a lifetime maximum benefit limit of $4000.

If you would like to learn more about Part A Medicare, be sure to sign up for my newsletter below!


Are you looking into admitting your loved one into an assisted living facility? Check out my latest podcast where I share 5 things you should be aware of when finding a facility!

It can be overwhelming to face the fact that your elderly loved one can no longer live independently. Finding a facility that can provide the assistance and care that your loved one deserves can be challenging, and there is a lot at stake.
Elder abuse and neglect are very real concerns in nursing homes and residential care facilities. It is of the utmost importance to do your due diligence prior to admitting your loved one into care. 

In this episode, I share 5 things you should be aware of as you look into admitting your loved one to a living assistant facility. 

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Thank you for your patience with me as I attempted to gain access to my Instagram account @rozjonesenterprises! Unfortunately, I have been prompted to create a NEW Instagram account.

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Subscribe to The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Newsletter!

Caregiving can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. The information that you will receive from The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Specials Newsletter will support you as a caregiver. Remember…

1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Care for Caregivers

By Roz Jones

If you’re caring for an aging parent or facing the challenges of assisting a loved one or friend who is chronically ill, disabled or elderly, you are not alone. You are one of the 22 million Americans who care for an older adult. Caregivers provide 80 percent of in-home care, but unlike nurses and home health aids, they are unpaid for their labor of love. 

“Caregiving is a difficult job that can take a toll on relationships, jobs and emotional well-being,” says Dr. Elizabeth Clark, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers. “Those who care for others need to be sure to take care of themselves, as well.”

Here are some important tips for caregivers:

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help 

We tend to wait until we are in crisis before asking for help and consultation. Seek out the help of a licensed clinical social worker or other trained professional.

It’s Not Easy to Tell Your Parents What to Do 

The most difficult thing about caring for a parent is the day you have to tell them they need to have help, they can no longer drive or they may have to move from their home. Discuss long-term care wishes and desires before any decline happens. 

Take Care of Your Mental Health

It is not unusual to feel frustrated with your parents or children when they refuse your input and help. Seek a referral to a professional who can help you cope with your personal issues and frustrations. 

Stay Informed

We live in a world of constant change. Medications and treatments are constantly changing and the only way to keep up-to-date is to stay informed with the latest news. Attend local caregiver conferences, participate in support groups, speak with friends and relatives, and talk with professionals in the field of gerontology and geriatrics. 

Take Time Out

Caregivers who experience feelings of burnout need to accept that occasionally they may need a break from their loved one in order to provide him or her with the best care.

Laugh

Humor and laughter are tremendous healers.

Hire Help

If possible, you may want to hire help. The most important thing is to find trustworthy people to provide assistance. Use recommended home care agencies, talk with friends about their experiences and interview professionals before deciding on the one you are going to retain.