2020 has been a tough year for everyone, but it’s been particularly difficult for the elderly. Not only has the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic posed a serious threat to their physical health and wellbeing, but government guidelines restricting mixing of households has caused many elderly to be isolated, unable to see family members and friends. This, of course, is essential. Nobody wants to take any risks. But at the same time, you’re going to need to pay a little more attention to your elderly loved ones right now to make sure that they’re safe and comfortable. Here are a few pieces of advice that can help you to make sure they get the help and care they need.
Let’s start with some pandemic specific information. These steps will help to keep your loved one as safe as possible during the pandemic in particular.
- Make Sure They Have the Most Up to Date Information – many of us nowadays get our information from the internet. We have constant updates as and when we like to check in throughout the day. However, the elderly might not be able to get regular updates. Many still rely on newspapers, which they may not be able to get to the shops to buy each day. So, give them a call and inform them of any changes to rules, regulations and guidelines they may need to know.
- Get Their Essentials for Them – while you may be able to easily get to the shop for food, the pharmacy for medicine and elsewhere for any other essentials, your loved one might not be able to. Try to do their shopping for them and drop it off at their door.
- Keep In Touch – it’s easy to get wrapped up in your own stresses and troubles right now. But make sure to keep regular contact with your elderly loved one. They may be feeling particularly lonely during these times, so call regularly.
Assessing Living Needs
During the pandemic and normal times, it’s important to assess your elderly loved ones’ needs. This will help to ensure that they can live comfortably.
- Adapting Their Home – if you find that your loved one is struggling with certain aspects of their home, you can have their home adapted. Popular adaptations include stair lifts, walk in baths and more.
- Moving Home – sometimes moving can make for more comfortable living. Many elderly people feel more comfortable in ground floor flats or bungalows.
- Care Services – if your loved one is struggling with day to day tasks still, or they require regular medication and medical care, care homes may be a better option for them. Here, they get the care they need and can spend time with others around their age.
- Live in Care – if your loved one needs more help but doesn’t want to leave their own home, you may want to consider live in care options.
These tips should help you to make your elderly loved one’s life more comfortable. So, try them out!