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How to Talk to Seniors in Littleton, CO and Surrounding Areas About COVID-19 Precautions

If you’re worried about your senior loved one in Littleton, CO during the COVID-19 outbreak, here’s how to discuss proper precautions and whether they need additional support from a home care professional

Although we still do not know everything about the coronavirus and its consequences, it is a known fact that older adults are a high-risk group and they can easily become seriously ill from the virus. This is why it is essential that your elderly loved one doesn’t leave their home during the pandemic. However, some seniors are refusing to listen to the instructions and do not want to change their behavior and everyday routines in any way.

While our home care professionals at Visiting Angels Littleton can look after your parent during the outbreak and ensure their well-being, it is important that you sit down with them and help them understand why they should take COVID-19 seriously.

Get the Facts About Seniors and COVID-19

Prior to your conversation make sure you gather all the available information about the virus. This way you will be able to answer any questions your loved one might have and help them realize the seriousness of the situation. Of course, make sure you get the information only from reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or state health departments.

Understand Your Loved One’s Position About the Coronavirus

In order to change your loved one’s behavior, first you need to understand their point of view. Ask them what they know about the pandemic and see whether they are doing anything to keep themselves protected. Seniors who refuse to change their ways do so because they are misinformed or simply do not want to take orders from the government. On the other hand, older adults with memory loss issues may not understand or remember information they hear about COVID-19.

When you have understood your parent’s position, you will be able to develop the best persuasion strategy.

Make Your Case

Your parent shouldn’t feel like you are judging or pressuring them. Try to stay calm and use the right tone. Make sure they understand that you mean well and that you are only worried about their well-being. Address their concerns as much as possible.

For example, if they are worried that their social life will suffer, hire a home care professional from Visiting Angels Littleton who will keep them company or teach them how to use apps to stay in touch with friends.  If your parent is used to being active, together try to find activities your parent can engage in even in isolation. In case they are concerned about not being able to run errands or go shopping, find a home care professional who will do all those things for them.

Be Open to Two-Way Communication

It is important that your loved one knows that you will be there to answer any future questions they may have. Help them understand the seriousness of the situation and show them how to stay safe.

If you want to know more about the ways our home care professionals can help your parent, call our Visiting Angels office in Littleton, CO.

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