COVID-19 is scary and it is dangerous. And it’s scariest for seniors. Many seniors and their families are having to reexamine the way they live their lives. How do home care companies factor into the equation?
1. Home Care Companies Can Keep Seniors Safe By Keeping Them Out Of Senior Living Communities.
Many seniors don’t want to move to senior care communities at the best of times. And these are not the best of times. There’s no denying that we’ve seen startlingly high rates of transmission of the coronavirus in senior care facilities. Sometimes this is due to the mismanagement of the facility. Sometimes it’s merely a sad factor of the close living quarters of the residents. There are many well-run senior living communities all over the U.S. that are safe and enjoyable places to live. But seniors would be forgiven for being weary of these communities right now.
Home care companies can provide all of the care that seniors would otherwise receive in care communities in their own private homes. By connecting seniors to a caregiver who administers personal care, home care companies ensure that seniors get help with everything from getting out of bed in the morning, to using the toilet, to bathing, getting around, and eating.
2. Home Care Companies Keep Seniors Safe By Keeping Them Inside.
“Stay home, say safe”, right? We should all avoid coming into contact with people as much as possible. Of course, we need to go out sometimes to run errands like buying groceries or going to the bank. For the young and non-immunocompromised, these are not particularly treacherous excursions provided we physically distance from others and wear a mask. For many seniors, however, grocery shopping can be quite a frightening proposition. A home care company can provide homemaker services that see caregivers take care of such errands thus limiting seniors’ chance of contracting COVID-19.
3. Home Care Companies Can Help Ease Isolation.
COVID-19 doesn’t erase all the other problems that existed before it. Problems like loneliness and depression. Seniors suffer from high rates of depression partly due to many seniors living in isolation. Now, isolation feels all the more intense. By offering companion care, home care companies can improve the mental health of seniors.
4. Home Care Companies Can Help Senior Living Communities.
Many senior care communities are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their residents safe. But they lack manpower. Home care companies can provide additional caregivers with supplemental staffing.