October 8, 2020

Elderly disabled man with mask sitting in wheelchair, assisted by young female caregiver outdoors

Home care during the pandemic is essential for many seniors.

Looking at the past several months, family caregivers have had to face seemingly insurmountable challenges connected with the care of the older adults they love. With COVID-19’s particular dangers to senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions, such as COPD, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as others which are common in seniors, families have struggled with just how to best protect and keep their older senior loved ones safe.

To that end, some families made the very difficult decision to temporarily stop home care services in order to avoid having anyone outside of the family come into the home – meaning the family members were suddenly responsible for full-time senior care. Without a care partner, this alone may be tremendously stressful, but add to that the many other new responsibilities and concerns caused by the pandemic, such as shifting to working virtually, taking care of young children who could no longer attend school or daycare, and a lot more.

To say it’s been a stressful time is an understatement, and with many new safety protocols established, could it be safe to once again bring in a professional home care company to help?

Continuum, the leaders in senior home care in St. Charles and surrounding areas, has continued to provide safe, reliable home care services for seniors throughout the pandemic, in accordance with all recommended guidelines. When you are prepared to explore in-home care options, keep these strategies in mind:

  • Work with a professional home care agency, like Continuum, that has a well thought out COVID-19 plan in place – and ask for details about that plan.
  • Plan to be there when the caregiver arrives the first time to relieve any worries you might have, such as ensuring that he/she is washing hands often, sanitizing surfaces, wearing a face covering, etc.
  • Speak to the older adult’s health care provider about any concerning medical conditions and to get tips for any additional safety measures that ought to be taken during home care visits.

The care specialists at Continuum are always available to answer any questions you have and to share details about the steps we are taking to safeguard the older adults within our care, such as:

  • Wearing face coverings along with other personal protective equipment as appropriate
  • Properly disinfecting and sanitizing any items brought into the older adults’ homes
  • Making sure all care staff are healthy through routine temperature checks and wellness assessments
  • Practicing safe social distancing protocol
  • And more

Reach out to us at (314) 863-9912 any time for additional details on the countless advantages of professional in-home care, and how we can help an older adult you love live life to the fullest – safely and comfortably in the familiarity of home.