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COVID-19 and Coronavirus: Caregiving for the Elderly
Everything is up for a reassessment these days, as the coronavirus changes the way we live. If you’re looking for a caregiver to help your family take care of your elderly loved one, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Take Care of Yourself
You and your loved ones should take extra precautions to make sure you all stay healthy. Avoid becoming infected by following the basics, such as washing your hands frequently with soap and water. Stay away from crowds. Keep your hands away from your face. And lastly, regularly clean touched surfaces in your home. If you’re hiring a caregiver, make sure he or she keeps to these suggestions, too.
Practice Social & Physical Distancing
Lower your older family members’ risks of contracting the virus by limiting any personal visits to their home. Only allow a trained and qualified caregiver to enter at this time. That way, an expert professional looks after their needs.
Prevent Social Isolation
With so many places closed, your elderly loved ones may feel lonely. One way to keep the isolation and loneliness at bay is to ensure regular contact with them. Hiring an experienced caregiver helps a lot, as well. You can rest easy knowing that your loved one has someone they can talk to if you and the rest of your family can’t make it on some days. Hiring a caregiver who comes over every day puts you at ease, knowing that your loved one isn’t feeling socially isolated.
If you can’t pay a visit, especially for fear that you or anyone in your family may be a possible carrier, use technology to stay connected. Teach your elderly family members how to use video chat so they can talk with you or with friends. Encourage friends and loved ones to write notes or call. That will also lift your loved one’s spirits.
Make a Plan
Stock up. If your caregiver buys the medication for your loved one, ask him or her to get enough supplies for at least three months. That way, it won’t run out, which means you won’t need to worry about going out. Stay in touch with your loved one’s doctor, in case there are emergencies.
Learn more about how a professional caregiver can help at this time. Contact Capital City Nurses for a consultation today at 866-807-7307.