With the current Coronavirus situation, the Prime Minister has placed the country into lockdown. There are now only a few reasons, as stated by the government, for which one may leave their home:
This has made it difficult for those of us with elderly relatives to see and take care of them. The government has ruled out the possibility of visiting an elderly family member, unless crucial.
This is because social distancing slows the spread of the virus, which at the moment is the priority. The NHS can only handle so much at any given time, and by socially distancing ourselves from everyone, we are doing our part in ensuring the virus is not spread any further.
Not being able to spend time with or help those elderly family members is going to be extremely difficult for both sides; however, here are a few things you can do to look after them.
Make the Most of Technology
Over recent years, we have seen more development in technology. Today, our smartphones allow us to contact anyone in a variety of different ways, which is ideal when looking to stay in touch while following social distancing rules.
Making use of technology to keep in contact with older relatives is crucial to their overall mental and emotional wellbeing, especially in times where loneliness and uncertainty are more likely to be felt.
Calling or sending a message to your relatives is just one of the ways to let them know you’re thinking of them. Something as simple as checking in and talking about their day will help to make them more comfortable at a time where many of us are struggling with anxiety and isolation.
Make use of FaceTime and other video calling platforms, where possible. This allows both of you to see each other, almost like a real-life scenario.
Get Extended Family Involved
Making use of technology can also allow for wider family members to join in. Getting grandchildren, nephews and nieces to join the call, is a wonderful way to come together as a family in trying times. Perhaps play some games – some of which, such as hangman and a fun quiz do not require anything more than a piece of paper and a pen. Regular contact is good for everyone and gives everyone something to look forward to throughout the day.
Try and set a daily time to do these things and stick to it. This will allow people from both parties to keep a more stable routine, which for many of us has been lost. It ensures that there is still some structure to the day, which can prevent confusion and boredom.
Keep Them Up to Date
It is essential for older people to self-isolate and providing them with the right information on how to do this is important, such as regular hand washing.
You may also want to help by ensuring they are aware of what to do if they experience symptoms and how to use the NHS 111 online service. This will help them establish if further action should be taken.
Help with the Shopping
With the new self-isolation rules, those over 70 shouldn’t leave the house. If a neighbour or family member is living alone, it’s quite important to factor them into your weekly shopping routine.
Remember, it is essential to leave space between each other, and try not to see each other if possible. Instead, leave the shopping on their front door, ring the bell and wave them as you go.
If you’re keen to do more for your community, there are many community schemes that you can get involved with, such as helping local charities and bolstering the efforts of front line health workers.
Here at Hales Care, we are ensuring that the latest Public Health England guidelines on Coronavirus are being adhered to, in order to protect service users and our committed staff.
The health and wellbeing of all of our service users and their families is our priority at this difficult time. We’re encouraging service users and their families to embrace technology, so they’re able to speak to with each other regularly.
We’re also regularly updating our social media accounts, with pictures and videos from our events, to reassure families that those in our care are remaining active and healthy.
Although it is a difficult time, it is imperative to keep social distancing rules a part of every day lives. Do not visit the elderly and other family members or friends, and keep up to date on government advice for a list of things you can / cannot do.
If you have any questions about our approach to Coronavirus, or you’re interested in any of the services we can provide, do not hesitate to contact us today.