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Navigating the holidays as a caregiver





On Nov. 4, Forcht Broadcasting honored several of its stations and staff for their outstanding work in 2017. Whitesburg stations WXKQ FM and WTCW AM/FM were honored, as were the stations’s General Manger Kevin Day and Account Executive Beth Wright. Day was named Best Radio Personality of the Year for his work on The Workday Wake Up Show with his son, Larry Kevin Day. Wright was named Account Executive of the Year, and Forcht Broadcasting’s Whitesburg market was named Market of the Year. Pictured left to right are Larry Kevin Day, Kevin Day, Forcht Broadcasting owner and Chairman of the Forcht Group Terry Forcht, and Beth Wright.

On Nov. 4, Forcht Broadcasting honored several of its stations and staff for their outstanding work in 2017. Whitesburg stations WXKQ FM and WTCW AM/FM were honored, as were the stations’s General Manger Kevin Day and Account Executive Beth Wright. Day was named Best Radio Personality of the Year for his work on The Workday Wake Up Show with his son, Larry Kevin Day. Wright was named Account Executive of the Year, and Forcht Broadcasting’s Whitesburg market was named Market of the Year. Pictured left to right are Larry Kevin Day, Kevin Day, Forcht Broadcasting owner and Chairman of the Forcht Group Terry Forcht, and Beth Wright.

Caregiving can be stressful, and these stresses can be exacerbated around the holidays as you are faced with added responsibilities and obligations. Whether this is your first holiday season as a caregiver or you have been providing care for years, you can do several things to make the holidays easier on you, the person you’re caring for and your extended family and friends by following the recommendations below.

1. Plan ahead. This includes shopping for gifts and food for holiday meals well in advance of the holiday. Doing so can minimize the chances you will feel rushed or stressed as the holiday approaches. In addition, it may help you spread out your holiday spending over a couple of months instead of just one.

2. Prepare your guests. This may be the first time your guests will see their loved one since you became their caregiver, and you don’t want your family members or the person you’re caring for to be frustrated or embarrassed by their health situation. Remind your guests of any physical and mental limitations your loved one may have. Celebrate the holidays where the person you are caring for resides. This can keep their stress levels lower, as they don’t have to worry about traveling or being in an unfamiliar environment.

3. Ask for help. Have someone run errands for you, such as mailing Christmas cards or picking up items from the grocery store, or have them stay with your loved one so you can do those tasks. Most people are happy to help if you ask.

4. Take time for yourself. Take a break from caregiving and holiday planning to do something that you really want to do. Simple things such as taking a winter walk or enjoying coffee and a conversation with a friend can help to improve your spirits.

For more information on caregiving or holiday survival tips, contact the Letcher Cooperative Extension Service.


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