20/04/2020 by Rhian Fraser, Registered Manager at FraserCare Bournemouth 0 Comments
SENIOR SUPPORT DURING CORONAVIRUS
Your guide to Senior Care support throughout Coronavirus from Registered Manager Rhian at FraserCare, Bournemouth.
We hope you are reading this blog in good health and good spirits!
It's been an incredibly difficult time for the entire globe, not one person is benefitting from this outbreak, but now that it is happening we must look after ourselves and one another in the safest ways possible. If you are feeling well and feel like you can offer some assistance to someone in need, here is how we suggest you help care, safely.
People of all ages are sociable; it's in our DNA and communication means trading feelings, emotion and understanding each others needs. Calling someone who may be in real need or deeply missing human contact can be life-changing and in some cases, life saving. Some seniors were already limited before the outbreak when it came to communication based on their lack of mobility, disability, disease and even anxiety to leave the house too often.
A simple conversation can make someone's day or even their week! So why not reach out to someone on your street who may need a conversation? Of course, make sure you feel safe and comfortable in leaving your name, number and door number. Equally, you can reach out to your local charities (Mind, AgeUK and many more) to offer some time for a chat with someone who really needs it. It's the simplest of things in life that make a huge difference.
Home Risk Assessment
Many of us did not get the time to prepare our elderly relative or friends homes ready for isolation. We work strenuously on lowering the risk not only outside of our client's homes, but also on the inside of their homes. In England and Wales alone, people aged 65 or over accounted for 7,475 deaths as a result of an accident of which 49% were due to a fall. More dated figures relating to A&E attendances after home accidents show that falls are by far the single largest cause of attendance some caused by accidents that could have been prevented with a simple home risk assessment (information from: ROSPA)
Here are some Risk Assessment Tips you can adopt in your own home or suggest to a relative/friend to carry out in theirs:
- Stairs: Make sure stairways / stairs are well lit and hand rails are steady or even fitted where possible. Avoid leaving anything obstructing at the top and bottom of the staircase to prevent any unwanted trips!
- Fire Safety: Make sure fire alarms are fitted and working . Ensure no objects are near the cooker in case of someone leaving it on accidentally or anything catching fire on open stove.
- Gas Safety: Ensure there is a working carbon monoxide detector. Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer to service your gas boiler annually. Don’t forget other appliances such as wood/coal stoves need to be serviced annually too.
- Staying Warm: Always have blankets in each room should you catch a chill or become cold - this also avoids having to move around from room to room more often than needed (increasing the risk of a fall). It is important to stay warm specially with the ever changing weather!
- Spillages: Be sure to mop up any spillages on counters and floors to avoid slips - this also includes having a non-slip mat in the shower or bath to avoid slips in or out of these risky areas.
- Rugs: Remember to tape down any rugs or worn carpet that is coming up to avoid tripping over these (we've all been there!).
- Bits & Bobs: Remove any objects loosely hanging around on the floors or near doorways. Less items on the floor the better.
If you are able, well enough and low-risk why not see if your neighbour or family relative need to anything from the shops whenever you pop to the supermarket or see if they need assistance ordering food online. Leave a note if you are not yet acquainted with your: Name, Door Number and Telephone Number if they need to contact you.
Classic EntertainmentMany of our clients have been asking us to source puzzles for them to do during isolation plus it's a great way to stimulate the mind of Alzheimer patients too. Puzzles take time and allow you to block out the rest of the world (including the news from time to time) and hone in on this one activity for a long period of time. So if you have any spare or unused puzzles , leave them on the doorstep with a note of who it is from for someone who may really appreciate having some forms of classic entertainment.
Staying home is necessary except to go essential shopping, for your hourly exercise and attending medical appointments - remember to wash your hands and forearms regularly. If you do go into someone’s house to help with food shopping etc, wash hands on arrival and on leaving, wash your hands again when you get home to protect yourself as best possible.
Home Care Services
If you do have a family member or know someone who is unable to care for themselves and you are concerned, we are still able to run a normal service and offering special discounts on food shopping and delivery services. Visit our Coronavirus information page here for more information and to contact us on our on call number 079222 79078 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Share HelplinesNot all of us are able help others or feel comfortable to which is absolutely fine. If this is the case, it can be helpful to know who they/you can call, especially if someone’s feeling isolated:
For practical information and advice, call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 65 65
For a cheerful chat, day or night, call Silver Line: 0800 470 80 90
Useful Coronavirus Websites