The coronavirus pandemic has caused all of us to shift our daily habits in order to protect ourselves and those around us, particularly through social distancing. While social distancing is extremely important at this time, it is equally important that we continue to care for the elders and seniors in our lives. Here are a few tips to help as we navigate through this challenging time.
Keep yourself healthy.
Whether you are a caretaker for the elderly or have senior friends or family members with whom you spend time, it is very important that you maintain your own health and wellness to avoid any illness yourself. This includes frequently washing your hands, avoiding large crowds, keeping your hands away from your face, and wearing a face mask or covering when in public places.
You can help elders in your care by assisting with cleaning around their home, focusing on frequently touched surfaces, mobility equipment and handrails.
Practice social distancing, not social isolation.
Because social distancing and limiting close physical interaction is a key element to avoiding infection or illness, it can be tough for older adults who may be feeling isolated during this time with business closures, as well as other limitations to gathering. However, it is important that we understand that social distancing does not necessarily mean social isolation.
To help seniors feel connected and less lonely during the pandemic, technology can be an excellent resource for staying in touch, providing opportunity for some face-to-face time with friends and loved ones. With several free video chat options, as well as apps to provide captions for adults with hearing challenges, there are many ways to stay in touch. If technology is not an option, encourage friends and family members to check-in by phone, write notes or send cards to lift your loved ones’ spirits.
Stay engaged and focus on the positive.
The coronavirus pandemic has shifted our way of thinking and many of our habits and routines, which is why it can be very important to help your elderly loved ones remain engaged and develop new routines for the time being. It can be a great time to go through old family photos together and connect over shared traditions and stories, or to schedule a family Zoom call to cook a long-loved family recipe together. Not only can these shared experiences bring back positive memories, they can also create new traditions and memories together.
By focusing on the positive opportunities we have to reconnect with our friends and families in different ways, it can help to make this time of social distancing less challenging.
We are here for you.
We know that, for many, the past months have been challenging, and we want you to know that we are here to support you. If you have any questions or need advice or resources regarding maintaining your home, health and safety, please give us a call. We are here for you!