Spending time with friends and family during festivals and occasions
There are times during the year when we often either visit family or friends or they come to visit us, to either celebrate a special family occasion or during festivals, Christmas, Easter or summer holidays.
If you’re caring for a relative who has dementia these gatherings may bring their own challenges. Your relative may be very happy in their own environment, surrounded by familiar things and keeping to a regular routine but that all goes out the window when you’re entertaining or visiting the family to celebrate special times together.
Everyone will have their own expectations of these occasions; there may be special family things you have always done together, special family foods or rituals or particular people who visit at particular times each year. To help you plan, whether you're the host or are visting with your relative who has dementia, here are some practical tips which may be helpful, and if you think of any others, please do drop me a line so I can add them. You can contact me in several ways - look at the top of your screen and you'll find an envelope sign so you can easily send me an email and if you use twitter, click on the bird (same part of the website) and send me a tweet instead. I would love to hear from you.