Tips for Seniors in Self Isolation
Here at Home Instead Stirlingshire and Falkirk we are applauding the many initiatives being embraced by local communities to support our older population in this time of need.
Coronavirus has hit many of our communities hard and none more so than our elderly population who are often required to self isolate at home.
Many local initiatives have been setup by groups in Stirling, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and throughout Falkirk providing much needed help to our seniors.
Our job at Home Instead Senior Care is to care for people in their own homes. As the elderly have been advised to socially distance themselves for several weeks, we’ve come up with a few suggestions of our own as to how we can help those that are most vulnerable.”
Some of these ideas are:
Deliver a nutritious meal – we all love having a tasty meal prepared for us. When prepping your family meal, why not make an extra portion and drop it round to your neighbour or someone in need in your community?
Run errands – with social distancing and isolation potentially extending for a few months, older people are going to be in need of supplies. Remember to leave the bags on the doorstep to avoid the risk of spreading the virus. You can also offer to post any mail or parcels for those who are not able to venture out.
Random Acts of Kindness – we all love a bunch of spring flowers, a box of chocolates or a food hamper full of goodies. Surprise a person in your area with one of these – it’s sure to brighten their day to know others are thinking of them.
Arrange a Rota – if you know a few older people on your street, why not get together with neighbours to arrange a weekly ‘friends rota’, to ensure they are getting some form of contact each day. You can take turns making a phone calls or video calls, picking up essentials or cooking that extra meal for those who are isolating in your area.·
Singing – who says carolling is only for Christmas? Gareth Malone is hoping to launch a digital music project to allow people to sing together while they are social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. A great initiative to get involved in!
We want to encourage people to spread kindness. Take extra care to protect yourself and those who are isolating. Wash your hands thoroughly before dropping any goods off and leave them on the doorstep.”
Home Instead Senior Care’s charity The Bring Joy Foundation was set up to bring the fun and joy back into ageing. And whilst this is difficult at the present time, its new ‘Keep Busy, Keep Active’ campaign will look to support seniors by keeping them mentally active.
By providing grants to local community groups to purchase activity items, the charity hopes to stave off boredom whilst maintaining mental wellbeing during periods of COVID-19 self-isolation. Donations towards the ‘Keep Busy, Keep Active’ campaign can be made online here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/HomeIsolation
If you are thinking of helping, but don’t know where to start, please call Home Instead Senior Care Stirling and Falkirk on 01786 392606 and the team will be more than happy to assist.