With the global pandemic and stay-at-home orders, it’s tough to take care of aging parents right now. It feels like so much is at risk, but at the same time, so much is restricted. It’s okay, though. We’re all working through the pandemic, but there are some extra precautions to take when we’re responsible for our aging parents.
Here are some tips to consider when taking care of aging parents during the pandemic:
- Take health precautions: Take all safety and health precautions to heart. Wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands, disinfect everything. Our elders are in the high-risk category for the coronavirus, so it’s even more important to do everything we can to stay healthy.
- Stay connected: Whether they live separately or with you, keep talking and connecting as best as possible. If they live separately, keep communicating with them to see how they’re doing. If they live with you, helping them stay connected to loved ones will help them get through these times.
- Keep communicating with health professionals: While doctor visits may be limited, it doesn’t mean to ignore health needs. Talk to healthcare professionals and know what policies are in place for medical needs.
- Think about how to get back to life: As restrictions are lifted, think about what works best for an aging loved one. Even though crowd restrictions have eased, it may still not be the right time for the elderly to be out and about. On the flip side, loved ones may need a little more socialization. Each family needs to determine what risk level is acceptable.
For us, our clients continue to be a priority and we’ll keep working with families to provide the services needed. Talk to A & A Aging Life Care Specialists if you need help with taking care of an aging parent in the Raleigh area.