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Care and COVID-19: How to Provide Care for Elderly Loved Ones

COVID-19 has changed the way we do everything, including caring for our elderly loved ones. When the best solution is to stay apart in order to stay safe, families must consider other ways to care for their loved ones in the McKinney, TX area. Here is an overview of how to care for and protect seniors during coronavirus.

Think About Care Needs

One way to help care for your loved one is to turn to home healthcare and hire a caregiver. Their care needs will vary depending on their individual circumstances. Insured caregivers hired forpersonal care help loved ones with tasks like:

-  Bathing safely

-  Assistance with dressing

-  Helping with meal preparation

-  Medication reminders

-  Assistance moving around the house

If you do decide to hire a caregiver, make sure to ask the organization about the quality of senior care they provide. Ask specifically about their response to COVID-19 as well. Find out if they offer caregiver screening and provide working caregivers with training on precautions to take and if the agency provides supplies like masks and hand sanitizer.

It’s also important to work with your agency and caregiver on a COVID-19 elder care plan. The care plan for your loved one should cover the care schedule, who will step in to provide care if hours change unexpectedly, and making sure your loved one has enough supplies at home. 

Stay Safe

Whether you want to visit your loved one or need to act as a family caregiver, keep everyone safe by taking precautions. These include:

-  Frequently washing hands for at least 20 seconds.

-  Stay six feet apart when outside the home.

-  Wiping down surfaces touched often including counters and appliances but also walkers, canes, and other assistive devices.

-  Wear a mask when going out to do essential errands.

-  Don’t touch your face.

Keep in Touch

Social distancing from your elderly loved one doesn’t mean not communicating with them. In fact, this is a good time to connect more often. Use video chat apps to connect face-to-face and turn on closed-captioning for loved ones that need it. You can even send notes to each other in the mail for an even more personal touch.

Have questions about caring for your loved one during COVID-19 in McKinney, TX? Contact the Senior Helpers North Dallas office. Our knowledgable staff will help you find the right COVID-19 senior care solution for your loved one.