It is a very difficult time for many elderly people, the outbreak Coronavirus (COVID-19) has left many elderly people forced to self-isolate with a number of problems and fears that they have never encountered before.
Many have a range of health fears on top of the fear of catching Coronavirus (COVID-19) along with fears of how they will cope during extended period of isolation.
We have compiled a few tips and guides that can help us all cope that bit better along with our loved ones, friends and neighbours to cope better during this fearful time.
Make Contact. Just something as simple as a daily phone call, text or email can go a long way to help those in isolation cope. If you are in isolation and alone you should not be afraid to pick up the phone just for a chat on a more regular basis then you might normally do to help you keep in touch with the outside world.
Don’t Overload Your Brain. It seems that everything we see on the television or hear on the radio is full of doom and gloom. Don’t overload your brain and emotions by taking into much irrelevant information. If you want to keep up with the news then why not just watch the official news reports such as those on the BBC. Try to avoid being taken in by social media hype and fake news.
Essential Supplies. There are many people out there ready and more than willing to help you with your daily or weekly shopping, do not be afraid to ask for help or alternatively if able to set up online shopping and have it securely and safely delivered to your door.
Pharmacy Essentials. Many pharmacies and local chemists will arrange for your prescription and essential medicines to be delivered directly to your house. Call your local pharmacy for details and ensure that you always request your prescriptions well in advance.
Local Groups. If you are remotely techy why not join a local Whatsapp group, many have been created amongst friends and neighbours to help share everyday problems, request for help or help others. If you’re unsure ask those in your neighbourhood if one exists.
Visitors and Deliveries. If you are self isolating it would be advisable to place a notice on your door clearly stating “I am self isolating, please leave any parcels or deliveries on the doorstep” If you are receiving deliveries from friends, neighbours or online shopping resources you can either ask them to leave on the doorstep and you will collect when you answer the door and collect as they walk away. Always abide by the 2 m distance and don’t be afraid to wear a mask or face covering.
Carer hygiene. For as long as carers are allowed in to help with your everyday care etc, ensure that they are properly adhering to the hygiene recommendations and that they do not come in if they are showing any signs of illness.
Take Exercise. Just because you are self isolating at home or not going out it does not mean that you cannot undertake a range of exercises to keep you mobile and your strength up. If you have a garden regularly spend time walking around, undertaking gardening chores. If not set yourself regular tasks such as walking up and down the stairs a set amount of times, even getting in and out of your chair will help you keep flexible and more mobile if done on a more regular basis. Setting yourself exercise tasks each day will also help.
And finally, don’t forget others in isolation are also experiencing the same if not many of the difficulties you are currently facing, helping them by picking up the phone will also help yourself and keep you in a good mental state.
Also remember that this dreaded situation will eventually end and although it seems like an eternity since lockdown began, things will get better and life will return to normality even if that normality needs some form of slight adjustment for us to carry on our lives and enjoy our activities, friends, loved ones and family members as we have in the past.