Family caregivers have a new challenge that involves doing everything they can to protect their senior loved ones from coronavirus. Seniors are still currently viewed as having the highest risk of complications from the disease. While you may feel helpless in the face of this pandemic, you have the ability to do things right now that can help your loved one stay safe.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
You already know to wash your hands. Yet this needs to be done with even more care than you might have used in the past. Try setting a timer to help you remember to wash your hands for the full amount of time you need to remove germs. You should also wash your hands before preparing food, after eating, and anytime you’re going to have personal contact with your loved one.
Reduce Trips to Public Spaces
Ideally, your loved one would never have to leave the home. This is the absolute safest way to avoid coming into contact with the virus. If possible, reschedule nonessential appointments for later dates. Healthcare providers understand the need to wait for elective care until the primary danger of the pandemic has passed. You can also reduce the amount of time both you and your loved one spend in public by shopping for enough groceries and supplies to last for one to two weeks. Your loved one’s home caregiver can help you plan a menu and grocery list that reduces unnecessary trips to the store.
To keep your loved one from having to go out, a home caregiver can run errands for him or her, including shopping for groceries and picking up prescriptions. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Keep Up Your Exercise Routine
You and your loved one still need to exercise, and the increased amount of time you’re spending at home means you may need to get creative. Try taking your loved one for a walk around the backyard or along the sidewalk in front of the house. Going outside for exercise is still considered safe provided you stay at least six feet away from other people. Exercising boosts the immune system.
Monitor Yourself for Symptoms
If you’re still leaving the house on a regular basis, there’s the possibility you could bring home the coronavirus. Make sure to watch out for the early symptoms of the disease. If you begin to develop a fever, cough, sore throat, or fatigue, reach out for help. You may need a home caregiver to take over your duties until you’re sure you’re healthy.
Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of home care. Sonoma County families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
Choose to Provide Care at Home
Families often spend many hours debating how to care for their loved ones. You might have even thought it was time for your loved one to go to an assisted living facility to receive more care. While these facilities do their best to maintain sanitation and hygiene, you need to know this living arrangement isn’t the safest right now. A group living environment would put your loved one in contact with more people than if he or she stays at home. Choosing to seek alternative options, such as home care, allows you to control how many people your loved one is around each day.
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Sonoma County, CA, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. Call Home Care Assistance at (707) 843.4368 to learn more about our flexible and customizable senior care plans.
With information surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it’s challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home. At Home Care Assistance, we understand how critical it is for seniors and their caregivers to protect against coronavirus as much as possible. All our team members have received detailed communication on infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands. Our caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people. For more information on how Home Care Assistance helps protect clients, click here: https://www.homecareassistancesonomacounty.com/covid-19-home-care/.