How Personal Care Assistants from Visiting Angels Denver Encourage Seniors in Wheat Ridge, CO and Surrounding Areas to Social Distance
Here’s how our personal care assistants help seniors in Wheat Ridge, Denver, Golden and surrounding areas in Colorado follow social distancing guidelines
After months of following public health recommendations to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, some people in the Denver area are becoming less vigilant about social distancing. This “quarantine fatigue” is a problem, especially for older adults.
Seniors often want to social distance because COVID-19 can be more dangerous to them due to other health complications. However, some seniors may start to feel lonely from having to limit in-person interactions with friends, family and neighbors. This can be stressful for seniors, families and personal care assistants who strive to protect loved ones from the coronavirus.
At Visiting Angels Denver, we can help you come up with strategies that will make it easier for your loved one to follow social distancing recommendations and stay safe during the pandemic.
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 research on the internet to develop a social distancing plan.
For example, safety plan guidelines may include:
- Maintaining six feet of physical separation between seniors and visitors at all times
- Wearing a mask when with visitors, even outdoors
- Washing hands or using hand sanitizer when entering/exiting gatherings or public areas
- Avoiding indoor visits from family or friends; allow outdoor visits only
- Don’t share food or drinks with others
Remember to share your plan with family, friends, neighbors and any personal care assistants you hire so that everyone is aware of your loved one’s wishes.
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 but you are 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 not possible, be creative about connecting via phone calls or social technology like video chats. Reassure your loved one that their health and happiness are your top priority.
The Social Care program from Visiting Angels Denver helps seniors use social media, smartphones, emails and texting to connect with loved ones. A social care strategy may help friends and family respect your loved one’s health and safety boundaries while giving them a way to stay in touch.
You may feel like the “social distancing police.” However, your preset safety plan can establish safe socializing boundaries and protect your loved one’s health and well-being.
At Visiting Angels Denver, our team of personal care assistants can help your loved maintain a healthy routine and stay safe.
To learn how Visiting Angels Denver can help your loved one stay safe during COVID-19, contact our Wheat Ridge, CO office at 303-990-8148.
Visiting Angels provides exceptional in-home care for seniors in Arvada, Aurora, Denver, Glendale, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and the surrounding areas of Colorado.