After several months trying to adapt to the new normal, it is no secret that the population of the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. In order to keep seniors safe at home, strict restrictions must be established to limit the risk exposure to infections. These precautionary measures put pressure on families and friends who not only want to stay in touch with their loved ones, but are also increasingly concerned about their well-being.
How to take care of the elderly in times of Covid-19?
There are ways to stay in touch and care for the elderly without exposing them to Covid-19. In addition to following precautions on regular hand washing and social distancing, it is extremely important that older people think it twice before leaving their houses. Only if they really need it so, like a visit to the doctor, for example.
Planning helps reduce panic and the risk of anxiety. And the family should implement a backup plan to take care of their loved one. There should also be enough food and medicine in the house for several weeks. In many cases, you can order by courier and use delivery services to better protect the elderly in the family.
This does not mean keeping them in complete social isolation and loneliness. When it comes to in-home care services, physical distancing, as the federal government advises, is particularly more challenging because it requires close contact for tasks such as bathing, grooming and feeding. At A Caring Touch Home Care, our staff take extra safety precautions to keep patients as safe as possible.
If the older adult needs a surgery, an annual check-up or just a visit to the hospital, should they quit?
The answer varies by region and the risk exposure to the coronavirus. The best thing to do is, consult with the doctor. It is advisable, if possible, to access health care services remotely by telecare and manage health care. In case they require the assistance of trained and professional staff, we can provide a solution that meet your needs at A Caring Touch Home Care.
How to stay in touch with the elderly during these times of confinement?
Family and social ties are more important now than ever for older people, and the times we are living in make senior isolation even more difficult. However, there are several ways to keep in touch. This is a time when we can go back to “old-fashioned” ways of communication. It means, making phone calls more often. Video conferencing is available to talk, view, use and share photos via social media, so they can stay in touch to reduce feelings of isolation or disconnection. Whatsapp, Apple FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, to name a few, can meet these needs.
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There are telephones with captions for the hearing impaired, too. They can ask people to slow down, so they can capture the entire conversation and read it while listening. Just because your loved one is not allowing visitors, does not mean they can not keep in touch.
Think of simple things like chocolate, a game like a puzzle, just to say “I’m thinking of you.” Currently, delivery services are operational and are implementing health security systems to adapt to the new risks like North Star Courier, Rapidus, etc. Don’t forget the mail. These days we forget that a handwritten card, a letter sent to your loved one, could bring a lot of warmth to them, too.
How can seniors stay active at home and have fun?
It may sound almost silly, but it is essential that they walk (if they are able to) in the hallways and / or bedrooms every day. It is very important that they do not sit or lie down all day. They must do some kind of physical exercise to help promote blood circulation. Even if they can help with simple light housework is a form of exercise. Second, this might be a great time to catch up on the movies. Besides Youtube, there are different options like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu that can meet these needs. It can also be a good time to get them to do things they have always wanted to do. There are several online learning services that make this possible. For instance, it can be a good opportunity to learn a new language with Duolingo, take tutorial drawing lessons on youtube, etc. Or maybe this could be an excellent opportunity to encourage them to write that book they never took the time to start or finish.
In conclusion, in case you can not be there for them all the time, or if things are just getting to much for you, we can handle it. In-home care services are the best choice today more than ever, because the needs are still there. Count on us at A Caring Touch Home Care.