Home Instead Senior Care has published five tips on how caregivers can help older people to adapt to new ways of living, now that they no longer have to shield.
The home care provider said that given the difficulties facing those who have been shielding since March in going back to normality whilst still taking precautions, it wants to advise staff on how they can instil confidence in their clients.
Here are on the five tips on how caregivers can ensure they enable older people to make a safe transition as they come out of shielding.
Check the lockdown rules in your area: given that cities and towns across the UK have seen lockdowns of their own, with little notice from the government, Home Instead caregivers are kept informed on what they can and can’t do when out of the house.
Go slowly: the advice is to ‘stay at home as much as possible’ so elderly people shouldn’t feel rushed to go out and do all of the activities they did before.
Build up tolerance: caregivers must find where their client’s comfort zone lies, encouraging them to constantly challenge themselves slightly, building their confidence to face the outside world.
Encourage handwashing: since many elderly people haven’t left the house for five months, some might not be clued up on the precautions they should take when out of the house. Our caregivers are highlighting the importance of handwashing to clients.
Have fun: many venues popular among the elderly, such as National Trust sites, have a booking system in place, which limits the amount of people there at any given time. Our caregivers know how to do what clients enjoy, while staying safe.