After months of distancing, isolating and quarantining from family and friends, stay-at-home orders have been relaxed. However, for older adults in particular, can it be safe to think about venturing out?
Regrettably, there is no cut-and-dry answer, and a variety of criteria must be taken into account to come to the best decision and to keep senior loved ones safe. For instance:
- What health issues is the older adult experiencing?
- How difficult has it been for her or him to be separated from family members?
- Is the incidence rate for the virus waning or increasing in your area?
As a family caregiver, the best place to start is sitting down and having a one-on-one discussion with the older adult. In the event your senior loved one is adamantly set on a particular activity, such as seeing the grandchildren or going for a walk at the neighborhood park, be sure he or she fully understands the potential risks involved.
Make certain you are up to date as well on the most current news from trusted sources on any new precautions and/or recommendations. Consider this information as only one part of your decision-making process, however, rather than an end-all perspective.
Next, broach the subject with the senior’s medical practitioner for a professional opinion and also for assistance with weighing potential risk factors against the benefits of increased socialization and engagement in the community. You may also want to seek advice from other close relatives and carefully consider their input as well, prior to making the final plan about how to proceed.
Most importantly, take plenty of time to make sure you are doing what’s best for your loved one’s overall health and wellbeing, as opposed to making a quick decision that you might later regret. If you are still uncertain as to what to do, it might be a good idea to try to avoid going out with the senior for the moment and revisit the issue at another time. And remember that you always have the option to change your mind if for any reason you’re uncomfortable with your first decision.
Whether you and your loved one are comfortable with the choice to head out and about, or choose to continue staying at home, you can count on Atlanta Home Care Partners to help with accompanied transportation, companionship, running errands including buying groceries, and various other types of help and support, always in compliance with appropriate safety protocols. Contact us at (404) 228-0103 any time for additional information about our caregiver help in Atlanta, GA and the surrounding areas, and to schedule a free in-home consultation.