Caregiving in Our New Reality

The new reality of our daily life has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. How much information should you share with a loved one who is older and potentially more at risk? How do you explain the necessary precautions and social distancing requirements in a way they can understand? At the end of the day, it depends on the person's condition. For people who have dementia and may not be able to understand the information, it's best to limit or avoid discussions about COVID-19 if possible, so as not to confuse or agitate them. For those that understand, it is important to reassure them by reminding them of all the precautions that are being taken to protect them. Your reassurance helps to dilute the fear that they are trying to process.

Loved ones may be agitated or anxious since social distancing and isolation rules make it more challenging to be with them. It's important to validate their feelings and then offer a suggestion such as a visit through the window or a regularly scheduled phone call. There are many options as far as technology to assist with this as well. Even without the ability to be with them physically, knowing that you are still there for them emotionally makes a significant impact.

Caregiving can be a difficult task on a normal day. With the additional needs that compound during a crisis, caregivers should be honest with how they are feeling and not hesitate to ask for help if they feel overwhelmed. At a time when people are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety as well as loss of normalcy, it's important to do a personal check-in with yourself and acknowledge what you need. This awareness will help you to be at your best for your loved one. It also means asking for help, which can be difficult for many people.

Seniors Helping Seniors is one resource that can provide that help to you and your loved one. We are able to assist with tasks of daily living as well as keep your loved one engaged and reassured. This can provide the opportunity for you as their caregiver to take a break which in turn helps you to be able to be more present when you are with them. There are many options for the type and timing of care that we can provide. Reach out to us at (704) 573-6838 or on our website at for more information or to set up a complimentary consultation.