5 Tips to Help Seniors Get Through the Covid-19 Crises:

We wanted to let everyone know that SeniorCare Companions is operating and ready to deliver services to those in need. There is a saying in the U.S. Navy SEALs that says, “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” which means that you must keep challenging yourself, you must be prepared for even more difficult situations ahead and to never rest on your laurels. We all need to apply that mentality in the face of Covid-19 especially for those on the front lines. We’re all familiar with elderly family members who, even in normal times are heavy consumers of the news and although staying informed is important, excessive exposure and wild speculation can add unneeded stress and worry. Most Americans are likely affected in one way or another by the changes associated with the Covid-19 outbreak. Disruption to everyday life can be especially challenging for seniors. One of the best ways to protect our seniors is simply by having them stay home or self quarantine, but a lot of seniors are experiencing a greater sense of loneliness because of the isolation. Loneliness is an emotional state defined as feeling alone or separate from others, or as feeling empty. Even in normal times, 43% of seniors report feeling lonely and isolated, according to a landmark study by the University of California at San Francisco and I’m sure those numbers are likely higher because older adults are often hesitant to tell others. 

  1. Take a break from Covid-19

Encourage media breaks by recommending self-care practices such as prayer or meditation. Things like cooking, puzzles, board or card games and listening to music or reading will all work in taking time away from hearing and seeing news related to Covid-19. 

2. Encourage Exercise 

In the aging population, exercise has been shown to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and well-being, and improve cognitive function. Exercising also improves overall immune function which is important for seniors as their immune systems are often compromised. Even light exercise, such as walking can be a powerful tool for helping to prevent infection. 

3. Calm Fears

Maintaining structure and routine are very helpful in calming senior’s fears and worries. Outside of the procedures that must be changed to avoid the risk of exposure, caregivers should attempt to maintain a sense of routine for seniors and be watchful for signs of any changing health symptoms.

4. Be Vigilant 

Caregivers should watch for signs of obsessive compulsive behavior, incessant worry or panic, and signs of loneliness or depression which tend to manifest in persistent sadness, lack of motivation or energy, and physical symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, excess sweating, and difficulty breathing.

5. Think Outside of the Box in Terms of Social Connection

Even during this time of social distancing when family and friends can’t visit in person, caregivers can provide opportunities to engage through traditional means, such as a handwritten note or card, or modern means such as telephone calls, video chats, email exchanges and even social media. 

SeniorCare Companions is ready, willing and able to provide care to those people who so desperately need it. We service Manhattan to Montauk and have been serving our seniors since 2004.  Our caregivers provide companionship; help with grocery shopping and other errands, housekeeping, laundry and changing sheets, medication reminders and much more. Companionship can help to ease anxiety and depression so feel free to reach out to us at: (631) 581-9000 or after hours at: (800) 850-2621 or by visiting our website at: https://seniorcarecompanions.com/.We look forward for the opportunity to serve!

Seniors need attention and love during the holidays, just like everyone else. Unfortunately, some people forget to visit their loved ones during the busiest times of the year. 

Finding ways to take care of seniors during the holidays is extremely important. Doing so involves helping them with their physical, mental, and emotional needs. Let’s look into the ways you can take care of seniors during the holiday season.

Hire a Service

Some seniors might not be able to help themselves with different tasks such as:

  • Mobility to go places
  • Remembering important details and schedules
  • Assistance with motor skills

Whatever you may need, we here at Senior Care Companions can help. We offer various services to help seniors each day. You can find assistants to help them 24/7, or just a few hours of the day.

 

While you should help seniors when you can, you may need professional help. After all, you can’t be at their sides 24/7, so see if you can find a reliable service to look after them.

Plan Fun Activities

Seniors can face boredom during the holidays, especially if they don’t have people to spend time with them. Coming up with fun activities you can do with one another is important to their mental and emotional wellbeing. Potential activities include:

  • Sit down and play board games together
  • Enjoy holiday activities like eating or watching movies
  • Go for a walk through the park

Focus your attention on letting them have fun. Doing so can help you take care of them emotionally and mentally. For example, they could feel happy after the activities or thankful you thought of them.

Seniors can potentially become lonely and depressed during the holidays, so take the time to plan fun activities for them. Doing so can help them overcome the mundane and boring moments in their lives.

Prepare Them Ahead of Time

Some seniors may like to stick with their schedules. If you know seniors like this, you should prepare them before any activities. Some seniors may have health problems, so make sure you accommodate them. 

You can do this in multiple ways such as:

  • Ensure they have a way to safely reach the areas if they have to use wheelchairs
  • Give them specific food if they have dietary restrictions
  • Show them pictures of who they’ll see at the event if they suffer from memory loss

You don’t want to worry them, so make sure you take some time to talk and prepare. This can help them understand the plan and feel comfortable during the activity.

Visit Them Regularly

Often people forget to help seniors with their mental and emotional health during the holidays. If you want to help them during the holidays, just visiting them is an easy way to make their day.

Visiting seniors can help them out in many ways:

  • Allows them to talk with someone
  • Shows them others care about their well-being
  • Help them with tasks or anything else they need

When you visit a senior, you can help them feel happy. You can also help them avoid feelings of loneliness or boredom if they have to live away from home. Even if you have seniors in your life who live on their own, you should visit them during the holidays.

Seniors recognize the time you take to visit them, so they’ll appreciate your efforts.

Ask Them What They Want

Sometimes, people try to make decisions for seniors, so you should communicate when possible. If you communicate with them, you can avoid some problems.

  • Ensure they do something they like and avoid boredom
  • Meet their personal needs and keep them safe
  • Learn more about them and their interests

These points can help you find an activity that will make the seniors happy. You don’t want to drag them to an activity they don’t like, so you need to communicate with them. That way, you can find something you’ll both enjoy. 

 

Some people forget to remember each senior as a person. Make sure you show these seniors you care by asking them what they want. As you do so, you can form stronger relationships with them. 

Final Comments

The holidays give you a great opportunity to show your love to the seniors in your life. Whether you want to help relatives in your family or the local seniors, you can make the holidays better for them.

If you want to help these seniors out, try out the ideas above. If you need assistance in taking care of the seniors in your life, reach out to Senior Care Companions.

Have any Questions? Just give us a call, we would love to help in any way.

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