As we head into the colder and darker months at the end of the year, it can be easy to settle into our old routine of indoor activities and family gatherings. Especially with the holidays and special occasions coming up, like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s, it is very important to remain diligent and prepared to protect both ourselves and our loved ones.
These long months of isolation and social distancing have certainly had their effect on society as a whole and on us as individuals. Having to stay away from our friends and our families because of the dangers of spreading COVID-19 is a difficult and stressful process. It’s especially difficult for elder people, some of whom are already dealing with the loss of their independence and mobility. Losing their ability to socialize with friends and family and spend time in their communities can be depressing and disheartening.
Here at Senior Steps, we focus on providing our clients with the opportunity to lead a fulfilling and satisfying life as an elder. This is not only a focus on the most obvious issues, such as health care concerns, or living arrangements, but also involves a deeper and more personal relationship with our clients in order to determine and provide care that matches and supports a fulfilling life. Especially socially.
A pandemic, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, typically spreads in phases or “waves.” The 1918 Influenza pandemic had several waves, with the 2 nd wave being the deadliest. Historical records also show that the infamous Black Plague of the Middle Ages spread in successive waves, with the 2nd and 3rd wave causing the most harm. Pandemics operate in this way for various reasons, but what is most important, especially for elders and their families, is preparedness.
It may not be necessary to entirely quarantine inside a single room in an isolated house for the duration of the pandemic (although that would certainly guarantee not catching COVID-19), but we can take smaller, but important, measures to lessen our own exposure. Masks to limit our exposure to other people’s breath and droplets, washing your hands often, and hand sanitizer use are all small measures that can greatly reduce exposure. At Senior Steps, as Geriatric Care Managers, we can provide our clients with a sense of well-being and professional care and guidance, especially during a traumatic time such as this current pandemic.