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Tips to Help Senior Home Care Providers Stay Healthy in Gilford, NH During COVID-19

Adapting to new and difficult situations is second nature to most home care providers. Caregivers are constantly prepared for circumstances to change. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers may be feeling overwhelmed. Seniors over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of contracting and suffering the negative effects of COVID-19. If you are caring for someone over 65, it is very important that you take preventive measures and protect yourself so that you can protect your clients.

Visiting Angels of Gilford Has Created a Guide to Help Home Care Providers Take Care of Themselves During the Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, home care providers have to remember that staying home sick can protect their clients. Experts agree that caregivers have to know how to take care of themselves during this time. Following is a list of ways for how caregivers to protect themselves.

Keep Yourself Physically Healthy

As we continue social distancing to try to stop the spread of COVID-19, caregivers have to make their own health the highest priority. Home care providers are recommended to wash their hands frequently and to sneeze or cough into their elbows. Make sure to take precautions in social situations to better protect yourselves.

Have Another Plan

Have a plan in case you become sick or have to self-quarantine. It is important to lay out the care schedule of the person you care for so that if you have to take time off, whoever is filling in for you can know how to help. Keep your client’s information organized.

Social Distance & Socialize Online

If social distancing has made you feel isolated as a caregiver, make sure you connect with family and friends consistently over social media and through technology. Feelings of isolation can lead to depression, which can be very dangerous. It is crucial to maintain connections with people during this time while continuing to practice safe social distancing.

Take Better Care of Yourself

Listening to the news is a good way to stay informed, but it can also be stressful. Watching pandemic cases rise every day isn’t always what is best for you. If these things stress you out, be sure to cut out a decent portion of the time you spend watching or reading the news. You can still check once or twice a day, but it would be better to spend your time eating healthy, meditating, exercising, or taking a walk outside.

Turn Annoyance into Action

This whole crisis has been frustrating for everyone. To help combat feelings of anger and frustration, caregivers should try to reach out to advocacy groups that can help. Advocacy groups help home care providers deal with issues they are struggling with and provides a valuable support system. Check out the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) as well as the Caring Across Generations group. Both are great support groups for caregivers.

Apply to Visiting Angels of Gilford

If you are a caregiver looking for a position in senior care, Visiting Angels of Gilford is taking every precaution to keep both our clients and caregivers safe. To learn more about our protocols for COVID-19 and to apply to our open positions, please click here. We look forward to speaking with you!

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