5 Tips to Help Older Adults Stay Apart, Not Alone During COVID-19
1. Establish a Care Circle – Identify the people who can help. It may be a combination of professionals, family members, and/or friends.Collect names, phone numbers, and email addresses of everyone in your Care Circle. This is also a good place to store elders’ information, particularly what you would need in case of an emergency (i.e., medications, pre-existing conditions, home access details).
2. Stay Connected – Next, establish regular check-ins.With new physical distancing guidelines, social connection is more important than ever. Prepare a schedule of remote check-ins by the Care Circle. Consider leveraging technology in a solution like Aloe Care, which facilitates easy check-ins and care collaboration.
3. Maintain Medical Care and Support – Telehealth is a rapidly advancing option for safe care. In fact, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently expanded coverage and loosened policies and regulations regarding telehealth. Many pharmacies have mail- order options and are expanding support for caregivers to manage medications.
4. Cover the Essentials – Assess the food, household, and personal supplies the elders have at home and what they need to keep in stock.Many grocery stores now offer contactless delivery or pick-up. A quick online search should reveal the best local option. Additionally, the Area Agency on Aging’s Eldercare Locator is a great resource, as is Meals on Wheels.* Well-Rounded Health – While it may take some creativity during COVID-19, everyone needs stimulation physically, cognitively, and emotionally to maintain their well-being (including you, dear caregiver).