As a family caregiver, you understandably want to do whatever you can to protect your senior loved one from things that might harm him or her. It may seem like this is easier said than done with a new threat like coronavirus. However, there are some practical and beneficial steps you can take to reduce the risk of coronavirus for your loved one. Here are five of them.
1. Encourage Healthy Eating
A dinner of quinoa, chicken, and broccoli is just one example of a healthy meal your loved one can enjoy. Encouraging healthy eating is recommended because older immune systems are affected by age-related changes, which is why seniors are considered to be at higher risk for experiencing serious health issues related to coronavirus. Other foods beneficial for the immune system include:
• Fresh fruits and veggies
• Low-fat yogurt
• Green tea
• Dark chocolate
• Skinless chicken and turkey
If your loved one needs help following healthy habits that can boost his or her immune system, a home caregiver can be a wonderful source of support. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of elderly home care. Kingwood families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
2. Participate in Home-Based Exercises with Your Loved One
Exercise is also an effective way to strengthen the immune system. Reap the same rewards for yourself by exercising daily with your loved one so you remain healthy and able to provide care. Try low-impact walking/marching in place, chair-based exercises, controlled yoga poses, the use of a home stationary bike, or gentle stretches.
Bonus idea: Make home-based exercise fun for your loved one by playing music, singing, or combining it with favorite activities (e.g., working a puzzle together while standing and stretching).
3. Reduce In-Person Contact
Because coronavirus is easily transmittable, older adults are encouraged to stay home as much as possible and reduce in-person contact. However, this doesn’t mean your loved one has to be completely cut off from other family members and friends. Help your loved one use social media to remotely and safely connect with people he or she knows and loves. Other things you can do to reduce in-person contact for your loved one include:
• Doing the grocery shopping
• Arranging to have his or her prescriptions delivered
• Setting up a craft, hobby, or activity area in the home so he or she isn’t bored or tempted to go out unnecessarily
To keep your loved one from having to go out, a home caregiver can run errands for him or her, including shopping for groceries and picking up prescriptions. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
4. Set a Good Example
Another way you can reduce the risk of coronavirus for yourself and your loved one is to set a good example by following practices that can reduce germ/virus exposure. Regularly wash your hands, sneeze or cough into your elbow, wipe off commonly used surfaces, and manage any underlying health issues you may have.
5. Consider In-Home Care
If you’re a caregiver with a family of your own and a regular job, you may find yourself now having kids home full-time and/or having to work remotely from home. This shakeup to your routine may make it difficult to be easily accessible for your loved one. One way to ease this burden for yourself is to consider in-home care. It’s an appealing option when coronavirus concerns are high because:
• It’s provided right in your loved one’s home
• Professional caregivers are trained to be careful with personal hygiene
• Your loved one will still receive proper care in a way that fits his or her needs and preferences
• In-person contact can still be limited, unlike in busier environments such as assisted living facilities
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Kingwood, TX, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. Home Care Assistance can be your trusted partner when your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging. Call us today at 832-412-1345 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.
With information surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it’s challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home. At Home Care Assistance, we understand how critical it is for seniors and their caregivers to protect against coronavirus as much as possible. All our team members have received detailed communication on infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands. Our caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people. For more information on how Home Care Assistance helps protect clients, click here: https://www.homecareassistancenorthhouston.com/covid-19-home-care/.