It is no secret that times have been tough this year. The public health crisis that is the Covid-19 pandemic persists and, some days, it can feel like there is no end in sight. Older Americans have been one of the toughest groups hit not only be the virus but on collateral impacts of the virus in the form of social distancing measures. Due to the fact that COVID-19 seems to have a much more severe impact on seniors, the older population has, understandably, had to exercise extreme caution over these past few months. Social distancing measures are crucial to staying safe from the virus. This, however, means that many elderly individuals have lacked even the most basic human connection. The isolation felt in nursing homes, and even those seniors still living in their own homes, has been severe. Know that there are ways you can help boost morale for your elderly loved one while properly observing safety measures to help ensure they stay healthy and virus-free.
How to Support Your Elder Loved One During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Showing that you are thinking of an elderly loved one and care about their well-being can go a long way to be supportive of them during the Covid-19 pandemic. Fortunately, advances in technology have made it easier than ever for us to connect with loved ones even when physically apart. Schedule a consistent time each week to call, facetime, or video chat, with your elder loved one. See how they are doing and ask how you can support them during these trying times.
Whether technology is available or your loved one lacks the means or ability to access such technology, there are plenty of old fashioned ways to still show you care. Send some good old fashioned mail to your elder loved one. A care package with an encouraging note and some pictures can go to great lengths to boost morale.
You can also go to the home or residence of your elder loved one. A waive from afar, a smile, a sign with an upbeat message, these are all great ways to show your support for your elder loved one. Hopefully, in the not so distant future, you can give them a hug, but, for now, seeing your smiling face will be enough to show how much you really care.
It should also be noted that checking in either in person or via technology, can not only provide support for an elder loved one, but can also be an effective way at preventing and identifying elder abuse and neglect. With so much isolation, there has been an increase in cases of elder abuse and neglect. Seeing your elder loved one and checking in on them can help prevent and/or put a stop to this.
Elder Law Attorney
As elder law attorneys, Verras Law works hard to protect the well-being of the seniors in our community. We are here to help you and your loved ones during the pandemic and beyond. Contact Verras Law today.