Right at Home Can Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation
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During these difficult times of the pandemic, social distancing can increase feelings of loneliness. It can be especially tough on older adults this holiday time of year, as they may already be feeling secluded and disconnected.
While the holidays look different this year, it’s still important to connect with family and friends; however, it must be done safely, as public health experts say indoor gatherings can spread COVID-19. It’s also important to include older loved ones in the festivities so they do not feel socially isolated, which can lead to depression and other health issues.
As you make holiday preparations during the pandemic, consider the following:
Plan virtual gatherings of family and friends. Have everyone join for a celebration on video and share their fondest holiday memories and photos. Make sure older guests have help with setting up the needed technology in advance so they can actively participate. Online gatherings may not be the same as in-person gatherings, but they can be meaningful.
Make a point to focus on older adults in a virtual gathering, as they can feel lost and overlooked, just as they might during large in-person gatherings.
Look on the bright side … some experts say that scaled-back celebrations can be a silver lining since they are less stressful, and could result in less holiday spending for those facing economic uncertainty due to the pandemic.
Plan smaller gatherings or postpone larger gatherings until it’s safer for everyone, especially older adults. Maybe it’s time for “Christmas in July” next summer?
Fully include older loved ones however you celebrate the holiday season. If these celebrations are online, provide loved ones training in the use of electronic devices well ahead of time so they can feel comfortable and join in on the fun. Enlist a local tech person to help if needed. Or, perhaps a professional caregiver can provide tech support!
Professional in-home care can be a real holiday gift for seniors who need care, and can be a welcome respite for family. Our dedicated and fully trained caregivers can help seniors stay active, stimulated and engaged, while ensuring they stay safe in their homes, wherever that may be.
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