People are social beings. Older adults are no exceptions. However, with the rise of COVID-19, there has come the need for social distancing measures. While this may help keep the virus at bay, it can have a major effect on the social, emotional, and mental well-being of many individuals, especially seniors who live alone.
As a provider of home care and companion care in Bethesda, Maryland, and Arlington, Virginia, we find it quite concerning that those who are considered most vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease are the same individuals who are more likely to experience social isolation—seniors and individuals with chronic medical conditions.
Studies have revealed that adults with physical or cognitive limitations or chronic conditions are two times more likely to report feeling socially isolated than those who do not have these health issues.
These members of the population are already faced with challenges, such as physical limitations and existing health issues. On top of that, they have to contend with the on-going pandemic. However, this is not even the tip of the iceberg. They may experience loneliness, anxiety, and depression as a result of social distancing.
Now, as experts of home care in Fairfax, Virginia, and surrounding areas in northern Virginia, we recognize how serious the consequences of social isolation and loneliness are. Hence, we would like to share some ways you can help your loved ones cope with social isolation amid the pandemic:
- Stay connected via Facebook, Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom. Make it a point to check in on them as often as you can.
- Encourage them to pursue a hobby, such as reading books or learning a new language online.
- Make sure they are getting enough sleep and eating well. Their home health aide can see to it that they are maintaining their daily routines.
Mint Home Care is here to help you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Please contact us for inquiries.