With the English nation back in lockdown until Thursday 3rd December, it is important to ensure your elderly loved ones are safe. Oxford Aunts has outlined some simple steps you can take to support them.
Stay in touch with your elderly loved ones through the use of technology
It’s important that your elderly loved ones self-isolate during this second lockdown, in order to keep themselves as safe as possible. However, you don’t want them to become lonely and isolated from family and friends. Set up regular phone calls and video calls to enable your loved one to continue to socialise with the outside world.
Get them tested if they show any symptoms
Make sure your elderly loved ones discuss any symptoms they may be experiencing. Early symptoms can be dismissed as a cold. If they are experiencing any symptoms, make sure you arrange for them to seek medical advice through NHS 111 or their own GP.
Arrange online shopping and prescription delivery
With your elderly loved one self isolating, it is vital they still have access to their essentials. If you are unable to shop for them, ensure online delivery slots and prescription deliveries are arranged.
Promote exercise, fresh air and adequate hydration
Even if your loved one is self-isolating, encourage them to continue light exercise, if their health condition allows. If they have access to a garden, promote time in the day outside in the fresh air. It is also important that they keep their home well ventilated, so encourage having windows open at times throughout the day and encourage them to keep well hydrated.
Talk to your loved-one’s live-in carer
Make sure you communicate with your loved-ones carer. They will be able to support you with the above suggestions, and more importantly give you peace of mind that your loved one is safe and well.