Seniors must take care to not subject themselves to any contagious disease as they are a high-risk group with pre-existing conditions. Restrict anyone entering their immediate area if they show any signs of illness including a cold.
As a caregiver it is vitally important to wear a mask and gloves when serving food or doing any activity around your loved one during an outbreak. After visiting with your senior wash hands thoroughly with soap. If your loved one shows any signs of flu-like symptoms isolate them and call their physician.
To maintain your mental health as a caregiver, try to do as many routine things as you can. Wake up, eat healthy, go outside every day and get enough rest. Your sleep can influence your adjusted attitude throughout the day.
Relax and get a good night sleep by practicing a nightly routine of sitting on the edge of the bed, relaxing your face muscles, allow your arms to dangle freely, breathe in and out listening to your breath, relax your chest and legs, clear your mind for 10 seconds at a time, and imagine yourself swinging in a hammock. Do not let anything enter your mind.
After 2 minutes of rest turn off light and lay down to sleep. A weighted blanket reduces anxiety for a better sleep without stress. Try not to consume yourself with things out of your control.
Do you have anyone who can take your place if you are ill as caregiver?
Identify a family member or a friend that can take over care in an emergency using a prepared list of medications, physicians, and routine care schedules. Services are available to do errands, light housework, and personal hygiene. Your Comforts of Home is a recommended referral of ElderStage. Meals on Wheels delivers food and offers transportation in an emergency. Local nonprofits distribute food via local pantries also.