This is a guest post by Gina M, a client of Eldercare Specialists.
We all have busy lives and sometimes we need help balancing our responsibilities to our immediate family, ourselves, and our aging parents. I know I sure did!
Life presents many challenges from taking care of our parents or loved ones to putting food on the table.
During these unusually challenging times requiring “shelter-in-place,” social distancing, home-schooling, working from home, and more, it is normal to feel anxious, overwhelmed or exhausted.
We understand the impact that isolation has on our clients and their families and are doing everything we can to bridge that gap. Virtual services minimize social isolation, help us manage and monitor health, and support caregivers when they need it most. We encourage you to access these services without hesitation.
Reaching the point at which your loved one can return home following a hospitalization or procedure should be a relief, yet often this experience can be fraught with uncertainty. Asking yourself questions like 'are they really well enough to be discharged?', or 'how will we cope while they're unable to care for themselves?' is a completely natural reaction and can feel overwhelming. Thankfully, we have the answers.
It is no wonder eldercare consulting and geriatric care management became a specialized field on its own. The decisions to be made in managing our parents’ care can be complex.
COVID-19 adds a new dimension to our concerns. We are finding retirement communities are more likely to become hotspots. However, the amount of risk depends on the facility and the safety precautions they have put in place.
The Covid-19 virus and social distancing present special challenges to aging adults living with Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of dementia, and their families. Their need for engaging social contact, love, and a sense of security is more important now than ever before. The most important steps to minimizing the feeling of isolation is staying in touch, being calm and reaffirming you are there and love them.