​What Can Senior Care Do for Older Adults During a Pandemic?

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Posted: 4/24/2020 3:23 PM by Interim HealthCare
Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to last through April and likely even longer. Because older adults are especially vulnerable to the virus, it’s important that they be protected from coming in contact with anyone that may be carrying it. That means staying indoors under self-quarantine and only going out when it is absolutely necessary. In addition, it means limiting the number of people who enter their homes. That may mean that family caregivers cannot visit them and offer the kind of help the older adult needs. Senior care can take over care duties, reducing or eliminating the need for multiple family caregivers to come into the home. Senior care providers can assist your aging relative with almost any non-medical need, including the things listed below:

Cleaning

Living in a clean home is important for both sanitary reasons and for a person’s mood. A tidy home is more pleasant to be in and may keep your older family member happier. In addition, a clean house helps to reduce allergens in the home and reduces germs that can cause infections and illness. A senior care provider can complete the light cleaning tasks that are necessary to keep the house clean from week to week. Some of the tasks they can do are vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, and wiping down the kitchen and bathroom. 

Laundry

Another household task that is necessary for seniors to continue living comfortably is laundry. Your older family member needs clean clothing and sheets. However, some older adults have difficulty doing laundry because the baskets are laundry are too heavy for them to carry and it can be hard for them to bend to get items out of the machines. A senior care provider can do your aging relative’s laundry, ensuring they always have clean clothing to put on and can look and feel their best.

Meal Preparation

Balanced, nutritious meals are an important part of keeping older adults healthy. Many family caregivers cook for their elderly family members on a regular basis. If you’re unable to do that because of the pandemic, you may be worried that the older adult is getting enough to eat and that they are eating well. Senior care providers can prepare meals that are balanced and contain all the nutrients older adults need to support their overall health.

Companionship

One of the things you may worry about during the pandemic is how loneliness is affecting your older family member. Being alone too much can lead to sadness or even depression. When senior care providers stop in on a regular basis to care for your older family member, you can be assured that they are having company that lifts their spirits. Senior care providers can spend some time chatting and doing entertaining activities with the elderly person.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Holladay, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

 

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