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Taking Care Of Elderly Relatives During A Flu Outbreak
Whether your parents, grandparents, or aunties and uncles are 65 years old today, or they are even older, it is important to make sure that we look out for them, especially until we are free from the coronavirus.
While flu germs are spreading, fear and worry are moving quicker.
With governments providing health advice that particularly targets older members of the community as being in the category of those most at risk, it is important that we all take the time to check that those around us are okay and have everything that they need.
Here are some ways that you can help older relatives and neighbors during this outbreak and any other major flu outbreaks.
You may not be in the habit of phoning your family all the time. Some families are more independent of each other.
But, regardless of whether you would usually stay in touch so often with members of your family, it is important that your phone and check in on them whenever you can.
During periods of self-isolation, it is easy to become downhearted.
A lack of social contact and a greatly reduced sense of independence would be hard for anyone to deal with, but for older people, it may seem more pronounced.
In addition to this, you need to make sure that they are not ill. If they are exhibiting signs of being ill, you will be able to help them out and ensure they can get medicine.
Find Out What They Need
We take things like shopping for granted, but when someone is unable to get out due to illness, it can get worrying for them.
Make sure they know that they can call you and ask you to pick up food, drink, and medicines from the store for them.
They may not be able to go out and get things, but you might still be able to.
Make Sure They Are Entertained
It can get lonely being locked away at home for long periods of time. It is important to make sure you are doing everything to take care of your elderly relative’s mental health.
This means making sure they have enough to occupy them.
Offer to take them some books that they might want to read, or find some DVDs for them to watch.
If you have anything that they could take up as a new hobby, make sure that you provide them with something that they can get into doing.
Elderly Relatives During A Flu Outbreak: Arrange A Family Video Chat
If your elderly relatives have access to a computer or smartphone, you should arrange a family video chat.
There are lots of apps that you could use to hold the call such as Skype, Facebook Messenger, or Whatsapp.
Get as many people on the call as possible. It might not be very often that you all get to see each other, so take the opportunity to connect in this way. It might just brighten up everyone’s day.