It’s common to feel lonely at times, especially during COVID-19 which has placed isolating regulations as a priority. For many worldwide, this has strained their mental health as they are distancing themselves from others, feeding onto loneliness. Unfortunately, for seniors, this is more so common even without the pandemic in sight as many of them live on their own and are isolated.
There are changes that occur when it comes to growing older. This may include no longer seeing the friends you see within your work environment, the neighborhood no longer looks as it once did, physical changes occur on the body that prohibit you from doing certain activities and friends move to different cities.
All of these changes make the older generation feel more and more alone and isolated from the rest of their community. This can significantly affect their mental and physical health.
Senior Isolation Risks:
If you live within a different city or state than your loved one, then you may possibly worry that they may feel isolated. Without checkups, seniors can be at risk of cognitive and physical decline. Including some of the following risks:
- High blood pressure
Unfortunately, research has shown that seniors who feel “lonely” are more likely to have a difficult time with their daily tasks or even pass away at an early stage in their life due to their functional decline.
How to Prevent Senior Isolations amid COVID-19
Social distancing is part of the recommended CDC guidelines, especially when it comes to the vulnerable elderly population. With such regulations, it makes it much more difficult for the seniors in the communities to communicate and socialize with each other or their loved ones.
With many activities such as exercise groups, volunteering and adult homes closed to the public, seniors are left in their homes trying not to get sick but also experiencing loneliness on another level.
There are still ways of reaching out to your parents, even if they are out of state in order to enrich their lives. Now is the perfect time to engage through social media and video chatting through platforms such as Skype, Whatsapp, Zoom and Facetime.
At All Heart Homecare, our caregivers are the companions that your loved ones can interact with this time around. Not only are they trained thoroughly on COVID-19 precautions, but they provide emotional support to our caregivers so that they will not feel even more isolated. If your loved one is not tech savvy, they can ask a caregiver to help them to communicate using technology to keep in touch with their loved ones at home.
For more information on how you can help your loved one during these unprecedented times, contact All Heart Homecare Agency today and we would gladly assist you.
Because we care!