We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, and it’s fair to say that none of us are safe. While most people only suffer mild symptoms, even young people and those without underlying health issues have been known to die from the virus and so it’s a risk that no one can afford to take. However, it’s very clear at this point from the research and statistics that the risk is significantly higher for older people in the population; their advanced age and likelihood of having existing health problems means that if infected, they’re much more likely to become seriously ill and die. Another factor that adds to this is that a large portion of the older generation live in care homes, where living in close proximity to each other allows the Covid-19 virus to spread quickly. Right now, any nursing home is dangerous from covid19 so if you have a loved one being looked after but are worried that their nursing home is no longer safe, chances are you’re looking into an alternative options as a way to protect them. Right now, one of the best choices is to have them living in your own home with you, where you’re able to keep an eye on them and ensure they’re adequately shielded from the virus. Here’s what you need to know about caring for a loved one in your own home.
Adapt your home
Making major changes to your home at present might not be possible, but it also might not be practical anyway if you know you wont always be caring for your loved one at home. For this reason, replacing flooring to be suitable for wheelchairs, adding stair lifts and specially adapted showers isn’t necessarily the best move. However, when you’re using your home temporarily as an alternative from nursing home there are some adaptations you might need to make, such as wheelchair ramps outside the front and back doors and changes to the layout of the home to make it easier for a loved one with mobility issues to move about. You might need to temporarily install handles in the bathroom to make getting in and out of the bath or using the wc a little easier for them.
Get a bedroom set up
Your loved one will need a place to sleep, and so setting up a bedroom for them is important. This gives them their own space to retreat to if they need to, and can also help them to feel more comfortable and at home. If going up and downstairs is an issue for them, consider turning a downstairs study or dining room into their bedroom temporarily. Bring things from their current bedroom such as photos and soft furnishings to give it a more homely feel for them.
Find out their needs
Chances are, your loved one lives in a nursing home because they have complex needs and being in a care home means they have access to the assistance they need. But now their nursing home is no longer safe and you’re going to be looking after them in the short term, you need to find out what requirements they have, and how you’re able to manage this at home. This could be everything from personal care to dispensing medication, keeping them safe and looking after their mental health. Speak to their doctor and explain the situation so they can provide you with the information that you need.
Bring in home help
If you feel that you’re unable to meet all of your loved ones needs by yourself, it could be a good option to bring the best home care to them. This means a company like maryslovingcare.com can come in and provide the assistance you need, helping your loved one stay as independent as possible and give you a hand with the elements of their care that you can’t, or don’t feel comfortable doing. This way you get the best of both worlds, as your loved one is away from the nursing home environment while still receiving safe home care and being looked after by both you, as well as a professional.
Have you taken a loved one out of their nursing home in response to the Covid-19 pandemic?