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6 Ways to Provide Care for an Older Parent During the COVID-19 Crisis

As the world continues to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic, many family caregivers are wondering what they can do to protect their aging loved ones. Seniors tend to have relatively weak immune systems as well as a variety of underlying health complications, and those are just a couple of the reasons this new virus can be so devastating to the elderly. Here’s a quick glimpse at six tips you can use to keep your loved one as safe as possible until a vaccine has been developed.

1. Stock Up on Necessities

If you’re caring for your loved one at home, make sure he or she has enough necessities to last at least a few weeks. In addition to gathering food and cleaning products, you should also contact your loved one’s pharmacist to see if you can get extra supplies of your loved one’s medications. As a general rule, you should try to have a 30-day supply of your parent’s medication at all times.

2. Practice Impeccable Hygiene Habits

Sticking to excellent hygiene habits is one of the best things you can do for your loved one’s safety as well as your own health. Good hygiene includes washing your hands multiple times a day with antibacterial soap, avoiding touching your face, and not sharing food or beverages. You’ll also need to disinfect all the common areas in your loved one’s home at least a few times a week.

3. Don’t Allow Visitors

Visitors must be kept out of your parent’s home until a coronavirus vaccine has been created. Whenever a new person steps into your loved one’s home, that individual could leave behind germs that make your loved one sick or weaken his or her immune system.

4. Keep Your Loved One Healthy & Active

Over the next few months, you should do everything in your power to boost your loved one’s immune system. Sticking to a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep each night, exercising a few times a week, and keeping stress levels under control all have a huge impact on the ability to fight off viruses.

If your loved one needs help following healthy habits that can boost his or her immune system, a home caregiver can be a wonderful source of support. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of elder care. Boca Raton families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

5. Limit Your Trips Out of the Home

Isolating your loved one is only going to work if everyone else in the home also remains as isolated as possible. If other family members are constantly coming in and out, they could bring a variety of new germs back into the home. When an errand must be run, practice social distancing, use plenty of hand sanitizer, and avoid touching your face. 

To keep your loved one from having to go out, a home caregiver can run errands for him or her, including shopping for groceries and picking up prescriptions. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

6. Work with an In-Home Caregiver

If you plan on being with your parent in his or her home quite a bit over the next few weeks, you’ll probably need help at some point. Placing your loved one in an assisted living facility during this pandemic could be very risky due to the sheer number of people he or she could come into contact with on a daily basis, which is why you might want to consider working with a caregiver who can look after your loved one in the comfort of his or her own home.

Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Boca Raton, FL, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. For reliable in-home care services, contact us at (561) 826.9282 today.

With information surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it’s challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home. At Home Care Assistance, we understand how critical it is for seniors and their caregivers to protect against coronavirus as much as possible. All our team members have received detailed communication on infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands. Our caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people. For more information on how Home Care Assistance helps protect clients, click here: https://www.homecareassistancebocaraton.com/covid-19-home-care/.