It is no secret that quarantine has not been easy on everyone, with people reporting suffering from depression and loneliness, feelings of anxiety around finances and lack of supplies, or simply struggling to find ways to pass the time. However, as the restrictions for COVID-19 are being lifted around Australia, life within our society is slowly shifting back and adjusting to the new ‘normal’. With this in mind, seniors over the age of 65 still remain at higher risk for contracting the virus and therefore must remain at home as much as possible, taking the necessary precautions. And as the government arranges the necessary adjustments, starting with the 3-step plan to create a “COVID safe economy and society”, we have created a 5 step COVID-19 in-home care guide, listing ways seniors can care for themselves while waiting for the upcoming updates.
Covid-19 in-home senior care and ways seniors can care for themselves begins with looking after one’s mental health. Colouring may seem like an entertaining activity for children, however, it can be just as beneficial for omit ‘the’ adults. Colouring can act as a form of meditation, helping to reduce omit ‘the’ feelings of anxiety and stress. In addition, this can be a great creative outlet to break from the daily routines of social isolation and find new ways for seniors to express themselves and perhaps even explore potentially forgotten memories. Lastly, colouring can be used as a form of exercise to build and maintain motor skills, especially as they can fade with age. And if practiced often enough, colouring may improve focus as well as eye and hand coordination.
Exercising and staying fit is one of the ways seniors can care for themselves in a safe manner. However, while being self-isolated at home, it can be very easy to feel unmotivated and more tired than usual, making this the perfect time to push yourself and use this opportunity to begin exercising. Unfortunately, just 1 out 4 people between the age of 65-74 exercise regularly, believing they are too old and out of shape. However that is not the case, as according to Alicia I. Arbaje, MD, commonly associated symptoms of old age such as loss of balance or weakness, are rather signs of an inactive lifestyle and have nothing to do with age. The exercises also do not have to be anything too intense or difficult. A few balance stances, stretches and shoulder rolls can go a long way, while also helping reduce the risks of dementia in the process.
Staying on the topic of exercising, maintaining the house is also another way to get the blood flowing and one of the ways seniors can care for themselves. In the times of quarantine and extra free time, we have seen people reorganising their garages, redecorating their rooms and simply trying to brighten their homes. Although it is not necessary to go to that extreme, seniors can still utilise COVID-19 in-home care to their advantage. Perhaps you can engage your care companion to help with some indoor gardening, perfecting omit ‘certain’ cooking and baking skills or even organising that kitchen pantry; these activities can really benefit by keeping yourself busy and entertained, while putting the mind at ease.
In omit ‘the’ times where physical connection is no longer possible, it’s incredibly easy to feel lonely and miss omit ‘the’ much needed human interactions. Luckily, with the power of the Internet and a variation of different platforms, we are able to stay connected 24/7. FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, the options are limitless. With some assistance with setting up and connecting, long-distance socialisation is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family and one of the ways seniors can care for themselves. Just because you can’t see your loved ones, doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected.
Follow Official Health Recommendations
It is crucial to follow official health recommendations and government legislation (singular) on any updates around COVID-19, particularly as the restrictions are being lifted. Australian Department of Health regularly updates the website with new information and advice for the elderly, including on how to protect themselves, providing assistance with setting up medical appointments, wellbeing support etc. In addition, there is also the National Coronavirus Helpline that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1800 020 080, should you have any further enquiries. Lastly, local news channels are also a great way to stay in the loop and take preventive measures.