If you are like many people caring for an aging loved one, take the time to check in with them this holiday season, whether you live close by or are separated by hundreds of miles. It is more important now than ever before as visits may have become less frequent due to restrictions. Although the distance may change, the responsibility and dedication as a caregiver remain the same. Whether you check in by phone, by video chat or in person, Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore has some advice to help you keep your loved ones safe during the holidays and throughout the year:
Ask people from the community for help, such as neighbors and friends. This can be key if you live farther away or are unable to visit. Take the time to get to know your loved one’s neighbors and friends so you can turn to them in a time of need or they can alert you if they see a problem.
Compile a list of medications and schedules in case of a medical emergency and update it frequently – consider medication reminders and organizers. Easterseals Case Managers may have suggestions for you.
Look through the home for possible hazards such as unsafe stairs or loose rugs. Use this home safety checklist from the CDC to help guide you whether in person or virtually. Arrange for necessary home modifications such as stability bars in the shower or seat lifters for the toilet, which you can learn about through the staff in Easterseals Resource Center.
These and other resources can be found at www.de.easterseals.com under our Guide for Caregivers. Whether you are caring for an aging loved one or someone with a disability, Easterseals is there to help make this and every season easier and safer. Easterseals has caregiver resources through the Community Outreach Program and Case Managers to help you navigate with confidence through the path of caregiving. Reach out to them at 302-324-4444.