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, are separated by hundreds of miles or are separated due to COVID. It is more important now than ever before as visits 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 due to COVID. 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.
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 some ideas 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. https://tinyurl.com/hlrsxgm
Check out these and many other types of assistive technology that are available for people with disabilities or aging conditions with these videos of Easterseals Resource Center. Consider a gift of some assistive technology this holiday season!
Turn to Easterseals Caregiver and Assistive Technology Resource Center in New Castle and in Sussex for resources and information for caregivers. The Case Managers are available to help people find answers. Contact them today at firstname.lastname@example.org.