2020 was a challenging year for all of us, but it was particularly difficult for people over 65. The senior community has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus, and while a vaccine is finally on the horizon, the virus is still very much a part of reality. Many Seniors have underlying health issues, putting them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
Furthermore, there are also many Seniors out there living alone who can’t see their friends and family members due to on-going lockdown restrictions. The consequences of loneliness and isolation are hard to process for people of any age, but they can be devastating for some aging Seniors.
Are you worried about someone you love? Perhaps there’s a senior in your life that lives alone or doesn’t have many people to talk to right now. The best thing that you can do, as a friend or relative, is to show up. During this difficult time, you want to be there for them and let them know that they can depend on you. Read on to discover how to do precisely that.
Bring Them Groceries
Getting out to run errands such as grocery shopping is a challenge right now for many Seniors. Health experts advise people to stay away from crowded spaces because it decreases their chance of contracting the virus, and many older adults don’t want to be around other people due to health concerns.
The next time you visit the store, call your loved one, and ask if they need anything. Ask if they have enough food and home essentials, such as toilet and paper towel. If you’re also immunocompromised and want to avoid crowded areas, consider ordering them groceries from a delivery service. They’ll be so grateful for such a kind and thoughtful gesture.
Set Up Zoom or FaceTime
One of the safest ways to stay in touch with loved ones is to check in on them using a video chat service. If you’ve been working from home, you’re likely very familiar with the program Zoom. You probably use it to meet with colleagues and friends. It provides video as well as audio options to stay in touch. If you can, wear a mask and safely go inside your loved one's home to install the program on their computer and walk them through how it works. Or, if they have an iPhone, show them how to operate FaceTime. Being able to see one another adds another level to communication — it's more meaningful than merely chatting.
Offer Home Care Services
A caregiver from a home healthcare service is the perfect remedy for quarantine loneliness. Find a home care provider that offers at home dementia care in Toronto and other pertinent healthcare services for your loved one. You’ll never have to worry about them feeling isolated or if they have enough food or prescription medication because they’ll have a professional caregiver by their side. The right healthcare team will maintain the groceries, keep the house clean, and provide safe, essential companionship for your loved one.
We still have a way to go before things go back to the way they were. Check up on the Seniors in your life — you might make their day a whole lot better.
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