“‘Marsha Pallanck used to be a social butterfly in her Carmichael assisted living facility. Her best friend Kathy Midgley, who lives in Rocklin, says she was so busy, it was hard to get her on the phone.
“She’d play bingo after dinner and at about 7:10 that was the best time to reach her,” Midgley said. “Because otherwise she wasn’t in her room except to go brush her teeth and then go to the next activity.”
But Aegis Living Carmichael cancelled bingo and other social events due to COVID-19. So Pallanck started passing the time on a chair in her doorway.
“And she just sits there and looks out, and when people go by, ‘Hi! How are ya?'”
Most California facilities are asking residents to stay in their rooms. They’re also canceling visiting hours, group dining, and anything that could put vulnerable seniors at risk of infection. More than 250 of the state’s 1200 skilled nursing facilities have had a COVID-19 outbreak.
Many people with a loved one in a facility are concerned about the toll this isolation period is taking. Experts and advocates say as senior care homes take steps to prevent disease, they also need to find ways to help residents connect with each other, and with the outside world.
“SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Social isolation and loneliness among older adults were a serious concern before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the health risks of loneliness from being sheltered in place have created an even greater public health crisis.
Our health expert, Karen Owoc, talks with KRON4 about how people are finding ways to connect.
Shelter-in-Place Created Even More Social Separation
The coronavirus outbreak forced the very programs that provided social connections and stimulations for seniors, such as lectures, classes, lunches, and exercise programs.
The senior social outlets, e.g., senior centers, day programs, theaters, parks, gyms, and restaurants closed their doors. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities no longer allow family members to visit.
Seniors that may NOT have been lonely or isolated prior to the coronavirus pandemic are experiencing it now….”
Read the full article here: https://www.kron4.com/health/social-isolation-loneliness-for-seniors-cause-concern-amid-a-pandemic/
“Amy Carrier is a foundation director with a long-distance spouse and a 74-year old mother, who has Alzheimer’s and lives with her.
Even on a normal day, her life is complicated. Amy employs two private-pay caregivers to assist her mother while she is at work, managing a team of ten at the Oregon State University Foundation. When she gets home, she takes over: making dinner, managing medications, and helping with small tasks like choosing clothes and operating the television. Her husband lives and works in New Rochelle, New York.
In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, her life has become that much more complex.
Like many people, Amy is working from home, at least until the end of April and perhaps longer. Her husband is self-quarantined in New York. One of her mother’s caregivers has a sick child, so can’t come in. Not surprisingly, Amy feels overwhelmed… “
“There is a significant gap between the number of U.S. adults who want to age in place and those who actually believe they will be able to do so.
That’s according to a new national survey involving 2,750 U.S. adults conducted by Edelman Intelligence on behalf of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), a product and solutions company specializing in kidney care.
Specifically, 65% of surveyed adults say they want to age in place. But only 33% — roughly half — believe they’re equipped to make that happen.”
“In a new study, researchers from Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health provide insight into physician moral distress, a condition correlated with burnout and depression. The researchers report that about four of 10 doctors caring for older adult patients who require a surrogate decision-maker experienced moral distress…”
Read more here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200225101314.htm