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Emmanuel means God with us.

What a poignant meaning for all the caregivers in the world.

Caregiving is one of the toughest jobs a person could ever have. Caregivers experience extreme stress, daily sacrifices, no pay, little to no help, guilt, lack of sleep and the list goes on.

So when I think of the meaning of EmmanuelGod with us, it says that you’re not alone in your journey; Emmauel is walking right alongside. Isn’t it comforting to know God is with you?

The holidays add more stress than usual because of family obligations, holiday get togethers, maybe out-of-town visitors, cooking, cleaning, making sure everyone in the family has what they need to get ready for the holidays. Where does that leave you, the caregiver?

If you’re the kind of person who has always been in charge and in control, now’s the time to delegate as much as you possibly can. Your main objective is to see to it your loved one is not neglected during the holidays. What I mean by that is don’t get so wrapped up in planning the festivities that you forget it’s time to bathe mom or it’s time to give her her medication. You’re probably thinking you would never forget these things, but how many caregivers are taking on so much responsibility that it “slips” their mind? It happens, believe me!

This year is a crazy unusual year with the pandemic and then you add in the holidays…well, that makes it even more complicated and stressful.

If you have a loved one in a memory care facility or nursing home, will your state allow you to visit? Some places have started allowing family to visit their loved ones. I hope this is the case for you wherever you live. Loved ones in facilities are needing your physical touch and you need theirs.

Let’s remember this season is about LOVE. It’s about Emmanuel and giving thanks for God being with us.

Have a very Blessed Christmas!

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