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Social Distancing and Caregiving in the Age of COVID-19 | Generations Home Care
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The COVID-19 outbreak has caused tremendous disruptions in daily life, which have deeply affected people who rely on in-home caregivers. By implementing suggested social distancing and following stay-at-home orders, those who rely on caregiving services find themselves facing a difficult choice: how do I stay safe without sacrificing essential and life-improving care?

You can learn a lot more about what Generations Home Care is doing to protect our clients from COVID-19. However, there are many ways a caregiver can continue to assist you in without even entering your home. For people diligently practicing social distancing and can temporarily manage their household and daily needs, a caregiver can provide the essential support to ensure their clients remain protected and safe. 

Caregivers Can Shop So You Don’t Have To

The need for social distancing and staying at home doesn’t mean that the necessities of life go away. If anything, shortages of essentials such as flour or toilet paper can make it very difficult to keep important provisions on hand. Even without considering the complications of maintaining social distance at the grocery store. Ordering online used to be a reliable alternative, but not every senior is comfortable using technology. Even if they are, companies like Amazon are swamped with orders and experiencing major delays. As a result, shopping online might not be the best option for things needed on short notice.

A Generations caregiver can make a run to a grocery store on your behalf, ensuring you get the supplies you need to see you through. Because a caregiver is only shopping for you, they can put a lot more time and effort into making sure they get your order right. Compare this with a harried Instacart shopper who needs to fulfill dozens of orders for multiple customers. A caregiver knows you and your shopping priorities and can ensure that they’re finding exactly what you asked for, or an agreed-upon substitute. They can then deposit your order at your door for a no-contact delivery with full peace of mind.

And of course, groceries are hardly the only essential items that people might require while in lockdown. A caregiver can run any errands or perform any out-of-the-house chores necessary for keeping a client safe and happy. From walking the dog to stopping by the post office to mail a care package to a grandchild, Generations caregivers are committed to helping their clients weather this unprecedented scenario. 

Social Distancing Presents New Complications

Once all the necessary tasks are complete, caregivers can still offer much more. Though social distancing is a crucial component of stopping the spread of COVID-19, for many people, it can also present its own dangers. About 28 percent of people over the age of 65 live alone, and the chances of living alone only increase as a person gets older. Increased isolation means less of a safety net in terms of helping with a medical emergency such as a fall or heart attack. 

With the anxiety over a global pandemic, it’s easy to forget the serious medical risks that many seniors face on a day-to-day basis. However, the increased distraction and stress make guarding against these more commonplace concerns even more important. A caregiver can schedule routine check-ins by phone or video call to ensure that clients are staying safe and happy. They can look out for your needs, as well as providing the companionship of someone to talk to during these difficult times. It’s a cruel irony that the need for social connection and support has only increased with the requirement to maintain social distancing. Fortunately, a caregiver can be there when you need it most. 

There Are Many Unique Ways To Get Help

Many essential services, such as doctor’s visits, have moved almost exclusively online for non-essential procedures or check-ins. But for older people with less experience on the internet, this may prove to be a difficult barrier between getting needed care. A caregiver can also assist with setting up that crucial technology to keep clients connected, whether it be to a doctor’s office or a family group call. 

Of course, not everyone can utterly self-isolate without compromising their safety. For those clients who still require daily in-home care, there are many other ways a caregiver can help around the house to ensure clients remain healthy. Checking clients for warning signs such as fever, rigorously disinfecting surfaces, and assisting with frequent hand washing are all important individual pieces in keeping clients safe. Generations Home Care is committed to helping you through these difficult times in whatever way you need. For more information on what we can offer, contact us today.

About Generations Home Care

Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.

Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.

Our Specialty Services Include:

  • Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
  • Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
  • Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
  • Veteran’s connection to care program.
  • Live-in services and couples care.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.

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