During this time of need, stay safe and keep your family safe. But let’s do our very best not to forget our senior/homebound population. If you’re able, take advantage of any opportunity to provide time and attention to those populations deemed especially at-risk.
When someone is confined to their home due to convalescence from an illness, recovery from surgery, or chronic illness or disability, their world shrinks considerably. And real fear of the unknown adds to the isolation, particularly now. It’s easy to become disconnected from others and the world in general. Individuals aged 60+ and those with conditions that impair their immune function are specifically vulnerable to contracting this virus. To help ease the uncertainty, anxiety, and fear surrounding this pandemic;
- Reach out (phone, email, visit, etc.) with a “wellness check”. Experts warn that social distancing, the cornerstone of epidemic control, could lead to social isolation, already a problem in the older population.
- Ask, rather than guess, what kind of practical help you can offer.
- Encourage them to practice self-care by eating nutritiously, exercising (if appropriate), getting adequate rest, and avoiding unnecessary stress.
- Volunteer your time to physically go and pick up groceries, prescriptions or other shopping necessities for those who are homebound.
- Something as simple as letting the homebound know you’re thinking of them and that they matter can lift their spirits, given them hope, and provide much-needed comfort.
Remember – it takes so little effort to make such a big difference in someone’s life. Make that difference. Show them by word and deed that they matter. Let’s join together now and “rise by lifting others”.
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