As Quebecers are gearing up for the second wave of COVID 19, measures are being reinstated to ensure everyone’s safety. Earlier this year, we experienced first-hand the side effects and health complications of the Coronavirus, especially within our senior community. It was a challenge to navigate restrictions and limitations placed upon our communities, namely our beloved elderly due to such high risks. Although discouraging to gear up for a second wave, together we can provide safe, healthy, and happy environments for our aged, loved ones.
Here is what we know:
- 91.6% of deaths related to COVID 19 in Quebec were of individuals over the age of 70.
- As there is no vaccine for the Coronavirus, we have been educated on ways to avoid transmission as well as preventative measures. Regardless of signs and symptoms, many carriers are asymptomatic. Social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing are the most common measures.
- Seniors should avoid proximity with others especially in crowded settings like restaurants, grocery stores, and clinics.
- During the peak of the Coronavirus, no visitors were permitted to hospitals and senior residences as well as seniors’ private homes. All visitation was strongly discouraged except for essential needs.
The results of a decrease in numbers:
Shopping, restaurants, bars, and small gatherings were permitted. We started seeing individuals of all age groups permitted to shop, run errands, and get out for exercise. Unfortunately, as the weather changes and the restrictions loosened, numbers are on the rise once again. Our local authorities are encouraging us to follow safety protocols as we had so that we can improve and flatten the potential curve.
Now that the numbers have increased, how can we prepare our aging loved one?
- Firstly, we must follow the safety measures put into place by health authorities, as difficult or stringent as they might seem.
- By acknowledging that restrictions may be difficult for our aged, loved ones, you can plan for them and set them up well. Families can help their loved one by providing a positive, comfortable environment, where amenities still adhere to safety measures. Gifting or providing consistent access to specialty in-home services such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, or other small joys they can appreciate while being at home.
- Outside help can make all the difference for both you and your loved one. While you are managing your household during the pandemic, a caregiver could easily assist you and your loved one.
- Caregivers often maintain the home, provide personal care, prepare meals, and provide companionship – even if it is simply to play a board game and make them a cup of tea. They can assist seniors during quarantine in using technology to enable face-to-face contact with their families through video conferencing, helping to navigate TV platforms like Netflix, engaging in virtual activities, or assisting with light-guided exercise courses online.
Preparation is the key to succeeding in the comfort and ease of your aged, loved one’s situation during this pandemic. Together we can provide support and proper resources to keep them safe and well.