Caregiving during COVID-19April 28, 2020 | Caregiver Support Initiative, Caregivers in the Workforce, Community Foundation of Western Nevada, Featured, Isolation, Respite Care
The COVID-19 situation is an unprecedented time for everyone. People of all ages are at risk of contracting the Coronavirus, with seniors being the most vulnerable and at high risk, which can pose as a serious concern for family caregivers. Our current situation can also prove to be a stressful time for family caregivers in our community with having to plan ahead or be aware of the constant changes in information on resources. Here are some ways to help you and keep the person you are caring for safe.
The Coronavirus can be contracted by individuals by touching any surface that is contaminated, and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. To avoid this, make sure you clean your hands are clean after going out in public where you may have touched contaminated surfaces. Vic Railton, caregiver, shares she does the following:
“I spray the bottom of my shoes after I take them off at the door with Lysol spray. Before I actually found Lysol (because of hoarding) I made my own concoction 3/4 water, 1/4 bleach in a regular spray bottle. I do wipe down my groceries, unpack the foods out of packaging if possible and put it in glad bags. I keep wipes, or home-made paper-towel wipes in my car in a baggie and use them all the time. When I go out, I wear gloves I can wash in the machine.”
Be mindful of social distancing, and not isolation
One important way to keep your older family member safe is to avoid going out as much as possible, and to social distance if you are out and about. However, if your older family member is already feeling lonely and isolated, there may be activities you can do with them to avoid isolation. Going out for a quick walk, reading, gardening, and phone and video calls with their family members and friends are good ways to keep your older family member from feeling isolated.
Make Time for Self-Care
Author Eleanor Brownn, said, “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” Which rings true for caregivers. The stress surrounding COVID-19 can be overwhelming, do not let yourself get burdened. Make sure you take breaks and be mindful of your health too. Read more on why taking breaks are important by clicking here.
Keep up to date with resources for caregivers and seniors
Information and resources are rapidly changing due to the current situation of COVID-19. A lot of businesses may have also modified their services. Make sure to call any place of business first to confirm business and the services they currently offer. For family caregiving resources, visit https://washoecaregivers.org/covid-19/.
The COVID-19 situation is an unprecedented time for all of us. Keep yourself and the older person you are taking care of safe. For the latest information on Northern Nevada and a list of resources available to help individuals during this time, click here.
Disclaimer: The contents of this blog does not intend to give any medical advice. Please refer to the CDC guidelines for any health-related advice.
Visit https://www.cdc.gov/ or https://www.washoecounty.us/
for more information.