The COVID-19 pandemic has made a striking impact on the lives of people all over the globe. The elderly population has been facing certain physical and mental health challenges since the coronavirus broke out. It has become unavoidably essential to provide effective elderly care focused on adequate protection and support in these challenging times. Elders are more prone to COVID-19 complications, which is why offering extra care and attention to the elderly has become critically important. Following precautionary measures like social distancing can be expected for the youngsters, but the same could take the elders towards social isolation leading to depression, anxiety, and other mental problems. An effective home health care can help the elderly deal with such mental illnesses.
How has COVID-19 impacted Elders’ Mental Health?
Elders and their family members worldwide have been practicing social distancing to avoid the spread of coronavirus. This act of social distancing carries with it the fear of social isolation and loneliness for the elders. The feeling of social isolation in the elderly can lead to physical and mental disorders, including a higher risk of depression, obesity, and anxiety. Keeping elders at home nursing care happy and healthy is another challenge faced during the pandemic as interaction with the outside world has decreased. This period came as a halt to the social life of the elderly, putting them in a shell of isolation and social distancing. Encouraging social interactions either virtually or by maintaining 6 feet distance would help the elders be engaged with the people they love decreasing the chances of mental disorders.
How can we help elders have a healthy mental state?
- Encourage them to do what they love.
Elders love getting engaged in discussions and social interactions. Encouraging them to share what they feel, do what they love, or follow their hobbies can make them positive while lifting their moods, making them happier.
- Promote mental health checkups.
Elders with poor mental health are at an increased risk of depression or anxiety disorders and thus would need a scheduled and monitored visit to their counselor or mental health professional. A planned mental health checkup would help identify and treat the mental issues in the elderly at an early stage. It is essential to ensure the mental well-being of the elderly to help them have a healthy lifestyle.
- Avail home care services.
Regular visits and health care plans from a caregiver can help the elders feel connected emotionally, which can pull up their mental health. Providing regular support to the elders suffering from mental disorders helps them cope with their stress and anxiety faster. Ensure that the caregiver helps the elders with timely medications, healthy meals, exercises, and a proper sleep schedule.
- Eldercare assisted living services.
Assisted living home care during the pandemic takes proper precautions keeping the hygiene and sanitization in mind. Elders who live alone or feel lonely can avail assisted living services to get proper care while being a part of a new extended family. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has made the elders feel lonely, assisted living could be considered as a solution to promoting interaction among the elders.
Emoha Elder Care offers smart home care services that provide high-quality care to all elders with mental or physical problems. It assures that the elders at high risks of depression or anxiety are never left to feel lonely.