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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Protecting Vulnerable Loved Ones During The Pandemic

The global pandemic has turned the world upside down this year. 2020 has proved to be one of the most chaotic years in recent memory. While COVID-19 has brought with it so much tragedy and illness, the knock-on effects have been awful for many people. Businesses have been forced to close, and millions have lost their jobs.

Although restrictions are beginning to ease worldwide, there are still a lot of vulnerable people within society. Those with underlying illnesses, as well as elderly people, are still high-risk candidates regarding the Coronavirus. Our parents, grandparents, and elderly relatives are a constant worry. Until the virus is eradicated, these vulnerable people must be taken care of.

The current protocol for vulnerable people is to maintain strict social distancing and to quarantine where possible. A major issue associated with this is that some people are being forced to fend for themselves who are not capable of doing so.

If you’ve been diligently quarantining, are COVID free, and want to protect your vulnerable loved ones, here are five things you can do to provide the best care possible.

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1. Ensure they are up to date with technology

Technology is a crucial part of modern life. This has been particularly evident throughout the pandemic as people are using their phones, tablets, and computers to communicate socially and professionally.

Teach your vulnerable loved ones how to use a smartphone and other technological devices that they can benefit from. Enable them to be more independent and allow them to socialize virtually.

2. Handle their home repairs

Sick, elderly, or disabled individuals may struggle to keep their living space in order. Make sure to check in on them and inspect their home. Should they need any help around the house, take responsibility, and handle it. If you can’t do the work yourself, contact someone who can.

3. Help with groceries

Shopping for groceries can be tricky for elderly people. What’s more, spending extended periods in busy grocery stores can be quite dangerous for them. While performing regular tasks is important for a person’s self-esteem, you should offer to help.

Even if you don’t shop for someone, you can assist them. You can help with heavy lifting, pushing trolleys, and finding items. This should speed up the process and make things easier for your loved one.

4. Become their carer

At some point, vulnerable members of society need a caregiver. Whether they require a full-time carer or someone to help with daily activities will depend on the extent of their needs.

Consider becoming a paid caregiver so you can provide adequate time to your loved ones without bearing a financial burden. It’s possible to do this if your loved one has Medicaid. Getting support from a close friend or family member can be much better than home health aide from a stranger.

5. Organize remote medical care

Telemedicine, virtual medical care, and remote medical services are now widely available for those in need. Research the possibility of ordering medical supplies online and look for opportunities to schedule virtual remote medical appointments.

Although face-to-face meetings are more beneficial, routine check-ups and non-emergency medical appointments can be performed online without issue.

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