For those with dementia, the holidays can be confusing and overwhelming. And oftentimes, family members don’t know how to best care for their loved one with dementia during the holidays. However, with a few tips, you can minimize many potential difficulties and make the holidays a more enjoyable experience for everyone. 

Here are some tips for the holidays when a loved one has dementia. 

Be Prepared

To prepare, you should first discuss the plans with your loved one with dementia and any other family members attending. Ask them for their input to make sure everyone is on the same page to minimize surprises.

Consider how to handle difficult situations, such as if your loved one is feeling overwhelmed or agitated. For example, you may want to create a quiet, safe space where they can relax. 

Additionally, invite family members or friends who will provide comfort and support. You might also consider hiring a home care provider with experience caring for someone with dementia to give you a helping hand if needed. 

Stay Positive

The holidays are already stressful, and adding a loved one with dementia to the equation can make it even more complicated. Therefore, staying positive and taking things one step at a time is necessary. 

Focus on helping everyone have a good time, and don’t get caught up in the details. If something goes wrong, be positive and keep things light. Keeping a positive attitude about the holidays will help everyone stay focused on the joy of the season. Plus, it can help your loved one with dementia feel more at ease and comfortable. 

Be Flexible

The holidays may require flexibility due to changes in mood or behaviors associated with dementia. Being flexible means understanding that it may be necessary to adjust activities and plans to accommodate the needs of your loved one. You won’t always have control of the situation, but you can be prepared and adjust as needed. 

Your loved one may need breaks or may not want to participate in certain activities. It’s important to keep expectations realistic and focus on what your loved one can do rather than what they can’t. 

Take Care of Yourself

Above all else, you must consider your own needs. It can be quite taxing to care for a loved one with dementia during holiday festivities, and you need to make sure you’re maintaining your own mental and physical health. 

Get enough rest, stay hydrated, and eat well. You may even want to take some time away from the festivities. During this time, you can engage in activities that bring you joy or just enjoy some peace and quiet. 

By taking care of yourself, you’ll be in a better position to support your loved one with dementia.


Although celebrating the holidays with a family member with dementia may seem stressful, it can be wonderful with the right preparation and support. With these tips in mind, you’ll be better equipped to handle potential problems. 

If you need some extra help this holiday season, Tradition Home Care is here for you. Our experienced caregivers provide compassionate care and support to individuals with dementia and their families. Call us at 1-877-705-6015 or reach out online to learn more about home care services.