Find a Reason to Enjoy the Season

PennyP

Find a Reason to Enjoy the Season

PennyP

The pandemic has kept many people apart. Families may not gather at or celebrate the holidays due to the loss of loved ones and experiences. The year 2020 is undoubtedly an historic time in our history. Through it all, people continue to help who they can and when they can. While we continue to heed various safety measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus, we should also try practicing a positive attitude. A different viewpoint and mindset can help keep us more upbeat in times of stress and grief. Although we may not be with all of our loved ones, we can still give thanks, share our thoughts, and celebrate the smallest things in life--especially now.

Individuals with dementia require extra sensitivity and care during the holiday. Facilities will likely enforce stricter visitation rules as the number of coronavirus cases increase. Isolation is very painful for individuals who need communication and care from others. During this time, even when things are out-of-control, it is vital to assign personnel to assist healthy individuals with productive activities and constant, daily engagement. Residents in long-term care must maintain a sense of purpose and endurance of a positive attitude to continue the will to live.

Everyone must take this opportunity to give thanks for all of the good things and people you know. Even if there’s a loved one who is no longer on this earth, take the time to be grateful for the lessons learned and time spent with them. Continue to listen to patients’ stories and help them find ways to pay homage to those they love.

The pandemic has hurt many families and healthcare professionals, and many of you remain dedicated to your loved ones and your profession. Just know you are appreciated by those who care, even if they cannot share how thankful they are. Know that someone somewhere is giving thanks to the professionals that still serve humanity. And please know that I am here to assist family and healthcare professionals with any issues of dementia.

Find a reason and enjoy the season!

About the Contributor

Penny Patnaude is a former caregiver for loved ones with dementia, and Penny also experienced being cared for while undergoing numerous surgeries. Penny has dual knowledge of how it feels to be in the role of being cared for and caring for others for more than 15 years.

Penny founded Caregiver Strategist LLC, a company specializing in dementia-care education and training for families and healthcare professionals responsible for people diagnosed with dementia. Penny’s certifications include Dementia Care Practitioner and Trainer, Consultant, Educator, and Facilitator. Penny holds an MA and BA. She is author of Caregiver Mantra Meditations and is a speaker, wife, mother, and advocate for all caregivers.