How To Stay In Touch Whilst Social Distancing
For many of our clients at Home Instead, spending a lot of time at home is familiar behaviour.
With support from their CAREGiver, a trip to the supermarket, a visit to friends or simply a stroll in the local park can be a lifeline, helping them to maintain their social links within the community.
Routines are important too and can help keep minds free of additional stress and worry.
However, with the world seemingly turned upside-down in a matter of weeks, many of these regular routines and social interactions have been affected, but thankfully there are still lots of ways to keep on track, keep in touch and make sure that are clients and CAREGivers are kept safe throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
What is Social Distancing?
In order to stop the spread of Coronavirus, the government has introduced measures called ‘social distancing’. The majority of the population, where possible, are being encouraged to stay home as much as possible, and not to come into contact with other people. This also includes friends and family.
By sticking to this advice, medical experts say the virus shouldn’t be able to spread to as many people and will ensure that the health service does not become overwhelmed with those who need hospital care.
Coping in isolation
Social distancing doesn’t mean we have to cut ourselves off from others completely. Thankfully, we live in a world where technology is now at the forefront and many people are embracing new ways of staying in touch with their families. A phone call is a tried and tested way of staying in touch, and in recent years, the older generation have also been embracing mobile technology with the use of texts. But now, there are more and more people using video services such as Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp and Zoom, allowing us to see the faces of our loved ones when we chat.
For Home Instead clients who may not be used to using this type technology, CAREGivers are able to assist with video calls, allowing them to stay in touch with friends and relatives far and wide.
What else are Home Instead CAREGivers doing to help?
As a care provider, Home Instead is classed as a key service and it is imperative that our clients continue to receive the same level of care that they are used to. Many of the services that we provide are very much hands-on but our helpful team of CAREGivers have been amazing at adapting how they work with clients in order to continue providing quality care in a safe manner.
For personal assistance tasks, such as help getting showered or getting dressed, CAREGivers use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and around the home infection control measures and handwashing techniques are in place.
Companionship has always been at the heart of what we do, but CAREGivers remain respectful of personal space. Even at 2m apart, our CAREGivers can still provide company to our most isolated clients and put a smile on their faces.
Supporting the older community
We are all living through difficult times, but what has been evident over the past few weeks has been the coming together (metaphorically of course) of people from all walks of life, who want to help the most vulnerable members of our community. We’ve seen people out on their doorsteps clapping for the NHS and care workers, supermarkets providing dedicated hours for elderly shoppers and neighbours who may never have spoken before, suddenly looking out for one another.
It’s also been lovely to see how many of the children have been filling up windows with rainbows and teddy bears, brightening the streets for those who can get out for their daily exercise.
We can all do our bit to help, even in the smallest of ways.
We are currently recruiting more CAREGivers in the local area as demand for care services grows across Wrexham. Please visit our job vacancies page to find out more about joining our award-winning team.