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How Our Senior Caregivers Encourage Social Distancing for Older Adults in Bethesda, MD and Surrounding Areas

At Visiting Angels, our senior caregivers are committed to helping seniors in Bethesda, Aspen Hill, Silver Spring and surrounding areas in Maryland follow social distancing guidelines in order to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

After months of following public health recommendations to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, some people throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland are becoming less vigilant about social distancing. This “quarantine fatigue” is becoming a problem, particularly for older adults.

Seniors often want to social distance because they are typically at a high risk of catching COVID-19 and becoming seriously ill due to other health complications. The lack of social distancing can cause stress for families and professional senior caregivers who strive to protect seniors from the coronavirus.

The home care experts from Visiting Angels of Bethesda can help you develop strategies to make it easier for your senior loved one to socially distance while continuing to do the things they love.

Establish a Coronavirus Safety Plan

Set firm limits about which activities are safe for your older loved one and which are not. You can consult a physician or do online research to develop an effective social distancing plan.

For example, a safety plan may include:

  • Maintaining six feet of physical separation between seniors and visitors at all times
  • Avoiding indoor visits from family or friends; allow outdoor visits only
  • Wearing a mask when with visitors, even outdoors
  • Not sharing food or drinks with others
  • Washing hands or using hand sanitizer when entering/exiting gatherings or public areas

Remember to share your plan with family, friends, neighbors and any professional senior caregivers you hire so that everyone is aware of your loved one’s boundaries.

Use Technology to Stay Connected with Loved Ones

The Social Care program from Visiting Angels of Bethesda helps seniors use social media, smartphones, emails and texting to connect with loved ones. A social care strategy can help family and friends feel at ease and encourage them to respect your loved one’s health and safety boundaries while continuing to stay in touch.

Be Honest About Your Concerns

When it comes to protecting your older loved one, honesty is the best policy. If family or friends want to visit your senior loved one but you’re uncomfortable about the risk of the coronavirus, share your concerns in a respectful, non-judgmental way.

Use statements that begin with “I”.  For example, “I worry that an indoor visit with grandma may increase her chances of getting sick.” Practice positive, assertive communication. If family and friends care about your loved one, they will understand your concerns.

Offer Alternatives to In-Person Socializing

When in-person visits are too risky, be creative about connecting via phone calls or social technology. Reassure them that their health and happiness are your top priority. You may feel like the “social distancing police,” but your preset safety plan can simplify safe socializing rules for friends and family.

Visiting Angels of Bethesda can help your loved one adjust to the "new normal" by encouraging your loved one to maintain a healthy, happy routine and striving to prevent illness.

To learn how our senior caregivers can help your loved one stay safe during this unprecedented time, contact our Bethesda, MD office at 301-433-7237.

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