2021 is now in full swing. But has much changed? Unfortunately, the world continues to contend with the coronavirus pandemic, as cases seem to be rising. It’s important to remember that while it is necessary for us all to do our part to stop the spread of the virus, seniors are particularly at risk. The ill health effects associated with COVID-19 are significantly more dangerous for older adults. So what can be done to ensure the continued health of seniors as the pandemic rages on?
Stay at home.
This is a tough pill to swallow, no pun intended. Easily the most stringent request made by health officials is for people to not leave their homes. While it’s important to get a little fresh air each day, the most obvious way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is not to go out in public and come into contact with other people. Be sure to have a conversation with your elderly loved one to explain why staying at home is an important safety measure for the time being.
“Although it may sound scary, it’s important to know any activities you engage in outside of your home will come with some level of COVID-19 infection risk,” affirms VisitingAngels.com, “While it may be safest for seniors and their caregivers to stay home, it may not be practical in the long-term. The key to staying safe is to understand your risk factors, the level of COVID-19 infection risk in your community, and your comfort level.”
Encourage communication with family and friends.
Don’t forget how important it is to tend to the mental health of your elderly loved ones. It requires as much care as their physical well-being. It goes without saying that not being able to see your friends and family is tough for all of us. But feelings of isolation and loneliness are commonly placed at the top of the list when it comes to problems seniors face. Thankfully, 2021 is a year when you don’t have to see people in person in order to see them.
Utilize video conference technology such as Skype or Zoom to set up conversations between your elderly loved one and his/her friends and family. With in-person visits being cautioned against, these video chats are great ways to ensure the senior in your life is still seeing the faces of the people he/she holds dear. In addition, Skype and Zoom calls make the risk of spreading the virus 0 percent!
Use delivery services as often as possible.
If you can have your necessities delivered to your home, go for that option. As mentioned, staying home is the simplest way to protect your elderly loved one from the risk of contracting COVID-19. Look into as many delivery services as possible. Groceries, household items, meals – you name it – they can all be delivered so that you’re not forced to venture outside the home. This will significantly lower your exposure to the virus, protecting the senior in your life.
The Advantage Home Health Solutions team is committed to assisting families with elder care during the pandemic. If you have any questions about our mobility solutions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!