If you have been unable to move your aging parent into your home before the coronavirus pandemic broke, you’re not alone. Many seniors have been left to stay in their homes without physical interaction with friends and loved one and that has left many of them feeling alone, isolated, and without assistance for getting even the most basic groceries and cleaning supplies.
There are many options for a senior care service in Naples, but even some of these are not always available when needed and that can leave at-risk seniors facing an uncertain future. In order to maintain their health and well-being it’s important that elderly adults remain at home while infections are still being reported and deaths continue unabated throughout the country.
Keeping your elderly parents safe at home drastically reduces their risk of becoming sick and facing the potentially fatal consequences that might come with it.
Reduce Public Interaction
If your elderly parents are still living in their home and not in a group care facility, they must be warned against going outside and risking exposure to infected individuals. But this presents very real challenges in order for seniors to get the things they need, especially those seniors who depend on programs like Meals on Wheels or other such programs that care for those with disabilities to ensure they get enough food to eat.
The biggest risk with COVID-19 is that some people may carry it without showing any signs of symptoms. That means they can pass it on to others and with seniors already suffering from weakened immunity or other health conditions that increase their risks of infection, public interaction should be restricted.
If you live close enough to your parents, you may be tempted to go to their home but keep in mind, unless you know for a fact that you are not ill nor are you a carrier of the coronavirus, you shouldn’t interact with your parents directly. Feel free to pick up food and medicine for them, but leave it at their doorstep and have them come out to pick it up once you leave.
Even deliveries of food from local restaurants should be done with an abundance of caution. Minimize as much exposure as you can.
Seniors who might get sick due to the coronavirus are facing some serious uphill challenges in their recovery efforts. Much of the current data has shown that seniors over the age of 60 and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease may never recover from the illness and succumb to their symptoms.
However, isolation is another great threat to the health and well-being of seniors. Living alone can be very difficult for anyone but for the elderly, this loneliness puts them at a greater risk for developing poor health.
But just because you can’t see your senior in person does not mean they can’t interact with you over the phone or through a video call. Zoom has become the most popular method for communicating with one another over the course of this pandemic and when seniors can chat and even see friends and family on their computer screen, it will help make them feel far less alone and isolated.
Beyond that, seniors can find other ways to engage and stay sharp. With so many of us confined to our homes, we are enjoying new methods of interaction and that includes taking an online course, learning a new language, fixing some things around the house, anything that keeps the brain sharp and lowers the emotional pressure of feeling alone
Even cards and board games can help your elderly parents while away the days until it’s safe to go back out again and spend time with loved ones in a public setting.
Another thing that seniors can do to help them weather the demands of staying safe at home is to organize everything from bank accounts to credit cards to credit reports. When is the last time your parents conducted any of these assessments? Now is the time to take stock of the situation and analyze the state of their personal finances. Important documents can be found and secured so they are ready to be accessed if need be, should something happen to one or both of them during this crisis.
Keep It Clean
Above all, stress to them the importance of washing their hands multiple times a day, especially before prepping their meals. Disinfect surfaces such as counter-tops, doorknobs, drawer handles, anything that might be touched in a common area of the house.