Tips For Primary Caregivers Sheltering-In-Place With Seniors
These must be extremely stressful times for primary caregivers who look after seniors with co-morbidities. While restrictions are being relaxed around the world and people venturing outdoors after weeks, those who live with seniors have to practice extra caution to ensure that they are not exposed to the virus. If you are one of them, here are some tips (other than respiratory hygiene measures) that will help you to ensure a senior loved one’s well-being and safety:
Reduce supply runs
Remember, spending less time in public places means that you exponentially reduce the chances of you contracting the virus and passing it on to those who live with you. Restrict shopping trips as much as possible and don’t forget your masks and gloves when you do set out. In addition to this, disinfect yourself thoroughly after returning from one.
Using online shopping services (the ones offering curbside and contactless delivery of goods) to get your daily essentials is a great idea. The same goes for prescription refills. Make sure that you sanitize boxes well before handing them to seniors.
Rethink medical appointments
Seniors suffering from chronic health issues usually have monthly or even fortnightly appointments with doctors. However, with rising positive cases in hospitals, it might not be advisable for seniors to go to one.
But at the same time, regular check-ups are often integral to monitoring and maintaining the senior’s health. If this is the case, ensure that you call their physician and seek their advice. They will help you find the best course of action without putting your senior’s well-being in jeopardy.
For minor health problems, telehealth services have also been ramped up, so you can consider that as well. At the same time, you can easily find caregivers plus home health care service providers so they do not have to venture outside if they require medical attention and expert supervision.
Encourage them to remain active
It is important that seniors get their daily dose of exercise, something that must have been disrupted because of the spread of the virus. While not being physically active and remaining cooped up in one place might lead to a host of health issues, it can also have a strong impact on their mood. So, ensure that you have an activity planned for them every other day. From yoga, Tai Chi, to dance, there are a lot of things you can do to make your loved one feel happy and stay fit at home!
The same applies to you as well. Caregivers are known to prioritize the needs of others before their own. This can cause frustration, apathy, fatigue as well as physical health problems in the long run.
Look after yourself and take care of your mental health during these difficult times. Remember that you need to be hale and hearty to be able to take care of someone else!
Working from home, taking care of household chores, and looking after the needs of a senior — all these can be overwhelming. You need not do this alone. Hiring independent caregivers who are adept at senior care would help to lighten the load, while ensuring that your loved one is getting the attention and support they need during these difficult times. Get in touch with Advantage Plus Caregivers for more information today.