Home care for seniors and other isolated individuals continues to provide awesome benefits during this pandemic where staying indoors has been identified as one of the best ways to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19.
But even as our elderly parents continue to isolate, we all know it hasn’t been easy for any of us.
The physical distancing, in particular, has been very stressful for the older population and has even taken a toll on the physical and mental health of some of them.
So, now that the lockdowns are easing and vaccinations have been rolled out, is it safe to visit our elderly loved ones once again?
Remember that the older generations, i.e., persons aged 65 and above, have been classified as a high-risk category when it comes to COVID-19.
Because of that, we at Astin Home Care Agency, still believe that it is crucial for our elderly loved ones and other high-risk groups to continue keeping their social circles extremely small.
Despite everything, here are a few tips to consider for those planning to visit their elderly parents soon:
4 Tips to Consider when Visiting Your Elderly Parents during COVID-19
1. Take A COVID Test to Determine Your Current Status
Nobody is at zero risk for contracting COVID-19, and some people have even been found to carry the virus even without showing any symptoms.
An in-person visit to your elderly parents and other individuals in the high-risk category carries a risk of some kind even if you have been following all measures provided to the letter and feel perfectly fine.
It is, therefore, very important for you and everyone you intend to bring along to your parents, including any kids, to have a COVID test at least 48 hours before the visit.
Most people get their test results within 48 hours, but you could receive them sooner or later.
2. Remain Outside During the Entire Visit
If circumstances allow it, it would be safer to remain outside during the entire visit while still maintaining a six-foot distance from each other.
While at it, avoid shaking hands or making any direct contact with your loved one or their caregiver.
Remember to keep your protective equipment on during the entire visit, including masks and gloves.
If it is impossible to stay outdoors, then it is imperative that everyone maintains a six-foot distance and wears their protective equipment throughout the indoor visit.
Be sure to remove your shoes and to wash your hands with soap and water too.
When it comes to the issue of kids, some of them may not be in a position to understand why they can’t hug and kiss grandma or grandpa or even why they must keep their distance.
In such circumstances, it is best to leave the kids behind or postpone the visit if you can’t leave them behind.
3. Keep the Visit As Short As Possible
Finally, it is advisable that you keep your visit as short as possible.
While this may not be easy, it is the best thing to do.
Luckily, you can always see each other via Zoom, Skype and other virtual platforms as you wait for the next meeting.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help keep your elderly loved ones safe during COVID, contact us here at Astin Home Care.
We are a fully licensed in-home care provider who goes above and beyond when it comes to providing compassionate care for anyone who needs us.
As always, we adhere to all given COVID-19 prevention measures for the safety of everyone who comes our way.
To learn more about in-home care in Atlanta, feel free to contact us through the details given below:
Telephone- (770) 790-0012
Email – CARE@ASTINCARE.COM.