Written on: April 1, 2020
Caring for a loved one with dementia in an era of social distancing is causing distress for many people accustomed to visiting their loved ones whenever they wish. Care facilities are assisting families and other caregivers by helping out with video calls, sending photos, and providing frequent status updates.
You may not be able to visit your loved one, but you can let them know you are thinking of them by sending cards or dropping off small gifts such as individually wrapped candies, or snack packs.
On the other hand, for those caring for someone at home, limiting visitors is a challenge when the extra help and friendly visits are greatly appreciated.
Be gentle but firm with anyone feeling the least bit ill by letting them know you are simply protecting your household from a disease (COVID-19, seasonal flu, or cold) that might leave the caregivers ill. Using the same techniques as the facilities, you can video chat grandma in, or send pictures to extended family and update the regular visitors by phone. That little bit of human contact is good for the caregiver also!
Going for walks or other forms of solo exercise, staying hydrated, eating healthy foods are things we should all be doing anyway, but perhaps more so right now!
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