As we navigate and adapt our lives after the outbreak of COVID-19, caregivers are faced with newfound challenges. One of these challenges involves new social distancing guidelines that may be impacting your normal caregiving routine. Some of these adjustments may mean that you have to give care “at a distance.” Caregiving at a distance can mean different things depending on the situation. For example, you may be unable to visit your loved one at an assisted living facility due to new guidelines and social distancing procedures. Or, you may choose to keep your loved one safe by limiting the amount of contact you have with them to prevent exposure. Below, we will give some general guidelines to keep in mind as you adapt to the current situation that is impacting all caregivers across the country.
(1) Identify Resources: The most important thing you can do as a caregiver is to know what resources exist to serve you. For example, what system can you put in place to ensure that your loved one is receiving their medications and other services, like professional caregiving. Make a list of everything your loved one needs, and see how you can adapt these needs to the current situation.
(2) Rely on Technology: One of the main ways businesses, students, and citizens are keeping in touch and continuing their affairs is through video conferencing apps. See how this technology can help you, whether it be keeping in touch with your loved one from afar, to speaking with nurse registries/agencies or medical professionals. Relying on technology during this unusual time can be one of the best adaptations to make.
(3) Communicate with primary caregivers: If you are helping another family member give care or are working with a professional caregiver who is visiting your loved one, it is important to stay in touch with them. Keep up-to-date with how your loved one’s situation is progressing and be sure to understand what new system the primary caregiver has put in place. Be sure to ask how you can help to make anything easier on all parties involved.
(4) Rely on professional advice: Keep in touch with your loved one’s doctors, professional caregivers, and caregiving agencies/registries for relevant advice. Everyone around the country is figuring out ways to adapt to the spread of COVID-19, and the caregiving industry is not exempt. Rules and guidelines might change in the days or weeks to come, so it is important to keep in constant contact with all of the professionals that are working with you.
(5) Stay healthy: Whether you are caring for a loved one from afar or from home, the important thing is to stay healthy. Follow all the guidelines provided from reliable sources like the Center for Disease Control and be sure to minimize exposure around vulnerable populations, like aging individuals.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, then ElderCare at Home is here for you. Please visit our website or give us a call at 888-285-0093.
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