“Countries all over the world are hit by the unprecedented crisis COVID-19. To slow down the spread of the infection is just as important as stopping the spread of the infection, in order to prevent overwhelming, the healthcare system. Hence, countries have taken careful measures to flatten the curve. Some of the measures include implementing safe distancing measures, practicing good washing hygiene and most importantly staying or self-isolating at home.
Elderly must adhere to these measures strictly because they are more susceptible to this virus due to their aging immunity system. Their aging immunity system also means that their recovery period is slower, when they contracted this virus. In addition, for elderly who have other chronic diseases, contracting this virus will be more complicated.
Though these self-isolation and social distancing measures protects the elderly’s physical well-being and lower their risk of contracting this virus, their emotional and mental well-being could be affected. They will feel lonelier, especially for those elderly who are in self-isolation. These measures also disrupt some of their routine activities, such as catching up with friends, going for routine check-ups, shopping for groceries, making them feel more helpless and frustrated…”
Read the full article here: https://www.senecaglobe.com/caring-for-elderly-who-are-self-isolating-at-home-during-pandemic/
“When she saw a photo of a brown box with an egg and half a bagel that was allegedly delivered to a senior in South Sacramento, Shonna McDaniels was not going to sit idly by.
The community activist and well-known visual artist posted a photo of the so-called meal on Facebook for all to see. The photo was spread quickly in the community as a poor representation of the City’s “Great Plates Delivered” senior feeding program.
More disturbing photos of meager meals — not authenticated by The OBSERVER — surfaced on social media platforms from other seniors who say they get deliveries.
The deal for the seniors of Sacramento stems from the state’s “Meals for the Moment, Restaurants Serving Seniors,” program. The city of Sacramento is one of the participants.
This program provides meals to Californians that are age of 65 and over or individuals who have been exposed to or contracted COVID-19, but do not need hospitalization, or are high-risk with underlying health conditions.
Sacramento’s version of the program, “Great Plates Delivered,” contains 140-plus restaurants for more than 3,500 seniors in the city…”
Read the full article here: http://sacobserver.com/2020/06/senior-feeding-program-observed/
“Do you realize that what caregivers for the elderly do is so important in so many ways? It’s not just the daily living skills, bathing assistance, and household help they provide.
It’s that daily smile, laughs, conversation, companionship, caring or recreational activity. The stuff that feeds one’s soul. Makes them feel alive. A reason to smile. Caregivers are the stars in the sky. Breaths of fresh air. High points of the day. Our senior’s well-being depends on them!
And how much is that worth???
Their job is not easy. It requires a lot of skill and knowledge to understand seniors, to have the required patience, to recognize their individual cognitive skill levels to meet their needs accordingly. And to tolerate the abuse that inherently comes with the decline in mental processes of perception, memory, judgement, and reasoning. To remain calm when they want to scream. They care for people and then find a way to care a little more.
Your seniors need these people – and so do you. More than you realize. Treat them accordingly. Value them. Honor them. Reward them. Respect them. They are to be cherished,
My dear mother-in-law resides at The Gardens of Scottsdale. I appreciate each and every caregiver there. And the maintenance man. He takes care of every single need in their mind. Things we think are unimportant are like an IRS audit to seniors… Stressful until it’s taken care of. Even if it means several visits a day. I wish I could give each of them a million dollars. That’s how much they are worth. Especially now. -Denise Heinrich “
“As senior centers, adult day centers and other programs geared toward older adults temporarily closed their doors, family caregivers hunkered down with their loved ones to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus. Changing routines, missing socialization opportunities and lacking cognitive stimulation may become increasingly problematic as time goes on.
Deyon Murray, of Boynton Beach, Florida, for example, says her newly relocated father, 88 — now her housemate — is feeling the void of activities. He was used to going to a senior center daily but it is closed. “I can see where he’s bored already and I have to sleep in the day because I’m a night hospice nurse,” she says. “I don’t know how to keep him occupied.”
If you and your loved ones are stuck at home and cabin fever is setting in, here are some ideas to help prevent boredom and stay active….”
“‘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.