The biggest of all learnings during this pandemic has been the fickle nature of human lives. Amidst this chaos, there is an added struggle for families to fight it together. The elderly are at a greater risk of COVID-19, and those with existing health problems are even more vulnerable. This pandemic poses a much greater challenge in taking care of them, and with the permanent lockdown, it becomes harder to reach out to the ones in your family who live far away.
Here are certain ways to support older people and make sure they are safe:
- Practice physical distancing but not social isolation
One important way to lower the risk of your older family members catching COVID-19 is to limit the number of personal visits. But this may be tough for older adults who like to socialize and keep in touch with friends and family members.
Physical distancing does not have to mean you isolate and lock yourself up in a room. We need to keep older adults safe, but also keep in mind that social isolation can harm their mental health. Stay engaged with your neighborhood friends and acquaintances.
Faith communities and religion are often a big part of older adults’ social lives. Caregivers might help their loved ones with access to online services so that they retain their spirituality for solace and support.
- Build physical immunity with mental health
The pandemic has rendered people jobless, others dead and sent everyone in a general state of hopelessness. It has drastically affected the mental health of a lot of people, and for those who live alone, it is an even bigger cause of worry. Social connectivity is key to check if they are doing all right. If you are not mentally healthy then it can result in your overall deterioration.
Also, aged people might find it a lot more difficult to approach doctors for regular check-ups. Accustom them with online check-ups or contact your family doctors so that they can be sure of their health conditions.
- Approach caregiver services
Shuffling between a hectic workday,, and entertaining your children, your personal life, you might not have any space on your calendar or time on your day to take care of your parents at all. In the wake of the COVID-19 situation, it has made personal visits even more difficult. Elderly people can be left in a state of neglect and disdain. In circumstances where you do not have time to spare, you should get older people to live with you to ensure that they are provided with care and comfort.
However, if it is not feasible for you to do so then approach home care services. Here, you can hire people to look after your parents and monitor their activities.
If you have opted for work from home or are unfortunately unemployed and are in dire need of money, then you can get yourself enrolled in a Medicaid Funded Program such as CDPAP. It is a premier program in New York that allows recipients to hire a caregiver, including a family member for cash. In this way, you can also make sure that you are getting paid as a family caregiver. You are also fortunate enough to be in the company of your loved ones!Conclusion
The world is going through a difficult time, and everyone needs dependency now more than ever. In such drastic circumstances, we must be empathetic to the people around us. Especially older people, since they may not be used to the rapidly changing world! This is why we must effectively render our services while ensuring good emotional health for our loved ones and good financial health for ourselves! Use our tips to get the best of both worlds. Let us know if the article was of help to you and if you have any additional thoughts.