If you’re worried about your loved one’s well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s how our senior caregivers can help them follow social distancing guidelines
After months of following public health recommendations to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, some people throughout Canada are becoming less vigilant about social distancing. This “quarantine fatigue” is becoming a problem, especially as Canada enters its second wave of COVID-19 cases.
Seniors often want to social distance because COVID-19 can be more dangerous to them due to other health complications, but it can be difficult for some seniors to stay safe while also staying in touch with those they love. The lack of social distancing causes stress for families and professional senior care providers who strive to protect seniors from the coronavirus.
Senior Home Care by Angels can provide strategies to help your loved one follow social distancing guidelines and stay safe.
Establish a Coronavirus Safety Plan
Set firm limits about which activities are safe for your older loved one and which are not. You can consult a physician or do research online to develop a social distancing plan.
For example, safety plan guidelines may include:
Maintaining two metres of physical separation between seniors and visitors at all times
Wearing a mask when with visitors, even outdoors
Washing hands or using hand sanitizer when entering/exiting gatherings or public areas
Avoiding indoor visits from family or friends; allow outdoor visits only
Avoid sharing food or drinks with others
Remember to share your plan with family, friends, neighbors, and any private senior care providers you hire so that everyone is aware of your loved one’s boundaries.
Consider Our Social Care Program
The Social Care program from Senior Home Care by Angels helps seniors use social media, smartphones, emails, and texting to connect with loved ones. This can help family and friends at ease and provide a way for them to stay in touch while respecting your loved one’s health and safety boundaries.
Be Honest About Your Concerns
When it comes to protecting your loved one, honesty is the best policy. If family or friends want to visit, but you are uncomfortable about the risk of the coronavirus, share your concerns in a respectful, non-judgmental way.
Use statements that begin with “I”. For example, “I worry that an indoor visit with Grandma may increase her chances of getting sick.” Practice positive, assertive communication. If family and friends care about your loved one, they will understand your concerns.
Provide Alternatives to In-Person Socializing
When in-person visits are not possible, be creative about connecting via phone calls or social technology such as video calls. Reassure them that their health and happiness are your top priority.
You may feel like the “social distancing police,” but your safety plan will establish boundaries and protect your loved one’s health and well-being.
At Senior Home Care by Angels, our caregivers can help your loved one maintain a healthy routine, stay safe at home, and avoid catching COVID-19.
To learn how our senior caregivers can help your loved one during this unprecedented time, contact your local Senior Home Care by Angels office today.