How to Help Elderly and Dependents in Isolation?

19/03/2020

Isolation of the elderly and people with some degree of dependence is extremely important in this phase that we are going through. How to proceed? 

Here are some suggestions: 



- provide the elderly and dependents with a daily conversation with their relatives and friends, by all means available (if possible, through video calling); this will help to lower anxiety levels; 

- to avoid fear, try to prevent the elderly from watching television programs that broadcast simultaneous news about the pandemic; 

- distract them with fun programs; 

- always have a calm and non-alarmist speech; 

- help elderly and dependent to wash their hands frequently; explain why this is necessary in simple words, without alarms;

- it is essential to keep routines as close as possible to the usual ones, within special conditions imposed by OMS and health organizations of each country;

- talk to your elderly and try to explain in simple words that there is a stronger flu in circulation, therefore all visits will have to be restricted;


- if you have an elderly person living alone, make a list of grocery items he /she likes, including medication, hygiene means such as diapers and wipes, food supplements and usual medication for 2 months (don't forget antipyretics and vitamins). Purchase these goods, leave everything at your doorstep and ask to leave the money in exactly the same way, without physical contact. 

- don't forget to wear gloves and a mask in these interactions;  

- check if he / she has bills to pay (water, electricity, etc.), thus helping to maintain the normal life of these most fragile people.



If you are a caregiver, protect yourself; doing so will protect those you care for. 


- during conversations, do not contradict; validate the elderly person's statements (this is particularly important in the case of dementias); 

- if you have free space, take the elderly for a walk, sunbathe and to watch the sky, take a short distracting walk around the space surrounding the house; 

- help the elderly and dependents to spend creative time: there are lots of games suitable for each age and mental condition.



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