As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it can seem overwhelming to process how to properly care for your caree at home. There are many things to consider during this unprecedented time, especially for someone who may be at an increased risk. Listed below are some recommended actions that will help you to provide the best possible care for your caree during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provide Engaging Activities
Days spent inside to avoid unnecessary COVID-19 exposure can weigh on your loved one. It is important to still provide engaging activities for them to enjoy in a safe environment.
An outing to an isolated park or beach area is a great way for your caree to get outside, enjoy nature, and still protect themselves. Planning family gatherings, whether virtually or only with people who are considered safe to visit, is another way for your caree to still experience the best parts of life and maintain social connectedness.
Technology allows our carees to communicate with us, even when they cannot be in the same room. It has come a long way in the past few years, and if your caree is not quite up to date on all the recent technology, you may want to introduce them to all the possibilities they hold. This may include video chatting, calling, or sending text messages.
Utilizing technology will help your caree to feel less lonely and more connected to their family, friends, and the outside world.
Minimize COVID-19 Infection Risk
After more than a year of living with COVID-19, it is natural for us to want to ease up on restrictions a little bit. However, the infection is no less dangerous now than it was at the beginning of the pandemic. Because of this, it is just as important to remain vigilant against the infection.
This is especially important in the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions because they are at an increased risk of a COVID-19 infection, and a severe one at that.
Some ways to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 include:
wash hands frequently
avoid crowded places
refrain from touching your hands to your face
clean frequently touched surfaces often, including walkers, canes, and handrails
postpone unnecessary doctor’s visits
Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
As always, it is important to monitor the person you are caring for, and anyone who encounters them, for COVID-19 symptoms. The primary symptoms of COVID-19 that you should keep an eye out for include a cough, fever, or shortness of breath.
If the person you are caring for has any of these symptoms or was possibly exposed to someone with COVID-19, reach out to their family physician for guidance on what to do next.
Providing Homecare During the COVID-19 Pandemic
At RR Care Management, we are doing all we can to retain safety during this pandemic including wearing face masks, practicing proper social distancing and handwashing, and providing TELEHEALTH services. Our primary goal is the health and safety of your caree, and we do all we can to ensure this alongside exceptional homecare.