By Roz Jones
The back-to-school season is always a busy time, but this year it may be especially challenging for caregivers of aging clients or loved ones. In addition to the usual concerns about helping children with school work and extracurricular activities, there is also the added worry of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as monkeypox. For aging individuals, the risk of complications is higher, and it is important to take extra precautions. Here are some tips for caregivers of aging loved ones as they navigate the back-to-school season:
- If there are school-age children in the home, create a schedule for when your aging loved one will have contact with them. This will help to minimize their exposure to potential sources of infection.
- Be sure to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces in your home frequently. This includes doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and tables.
- Talk to your aging client or loved one about any concerns and explain why it is important for them to stay home if possible and away from infected individuals. If they are resistant, try to find creative ways to keep them engaged and connected to friends and family.
- If your aging client or loved one must go out in public, help them to stay safe by wearing a mask, washing their hands often, and avoiding crowded places.
- Be sure to keep up with the latest information about COVID-19 and other illnesses, so that you can answer any questions or address any concerns your aging client or loved one may have.
With careful planning and a bit of extra effort, you can help make the back-to-school season a success for everyone in your care. Be sure to stay safe and healthy!
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