August 6, 2020
After months of isolating, quarantining, and distancing from family and friends, stay-at-home orders have been relaxed. But for senior citizens in particular, is it safe to think about heading out?
Unfortunately, there’s no cut-and-dry answer, and a range of criteria need to be taken into account to come to the absolute best decision in keeping seniors safe and well – both physically and emotionally. For example:
- What health conditions is the senior encountering?
- How challenging has it been for him or her to be separated from family and friends?
- Is the incidence rate for the virus waning or spiking where you live?
As a family caregiver, the best place to get started is sitting down and having a one-on-one discussion with the senior. If your family member is adamantly set on a specific activity, for instance seeing the grandchildren or going on a walk in the neighborhood park, be sure he or she completely understands the potential risks involved.
Make sure you are up to date as well on the latest news from trusted sources on any new recommendations and/or precautions. Look at this information as just one piece of your decision-making process, however, as opposed to an end-all perspective.
Then, broach the subject with the senior’s doctor for a professional opinion as well as for help with weighing potential risk factors against the benefits associated with increased socialization and engagement in the community. You might also want to seek advice from other members of the family and carefully consider their input as well prior to making the ultimate plan on the best way to proceed.
Most of all, take plenty of time to make certain you are doing what is best for your loved one’s overall health and wellbeing, rather than making a snap decision that you could later regret. If you are still uncertain about what to do, it may be a good idea to try to avoid going out with the your loved one for the present time and revisit the matter at another time. And keep in mind that you always have the option to change your mind if for any reason you’re uncomfortable with your first decision.
Whether both you and your family member are comfortable with the choice to go out and about, or make the decision to continue staying at home, you can depend on Continuum, the leaders in help at home in St. Louis and the surrounding areas, to help out with home care services[D4] such as accompanied transportation, companionship, running errands including grocery shopping, and a variety of other types of help and support, always in compliance with proper safety protocols. Call us at (314) 863-9912 any time for more information, or to schedule a free in-home assessment.