Coronavirus: Helping the elderly prepare for lockdown

Please note: this information was correct at time of publishing (20th March 2020) – please consult government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.

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“Hello my name is Jenna. I work for www.caresourcer.com as part of the care matching team. Before I started this role, I was a carer and also a team manager.

There are things we can think about to help an elderly person during lockdown if they’re not going to be staying with you. If you have some time now, do some batch-cooking of meals that you can label and stick in the fridge freezer.  That way they can have some home-cooked meals that just can be heated up by themselves or by a carer. If not, microwave meals can also be very good to have in the house. 

Also think about bringing in some essentials to fill the time. Think about things like soduku, crosswords, jigsaws, or DVDs. And if you’re able, arranging a daily newspaper delivery. 

They might have previously gone for a walk or a trip to their shops to fill their time. If they are able, you might fancy arranging a walk together on your visits to help them out the house prior to potential lockdown. Or if not you could spend time cooking a meal together as something to look forward to.

Make sure they have access to the telephone numbers that they need, or any assistive technology that they use such as fall alarms. If not already in use, you may want to think about putting some of these measures in place so that they know they’re safe in an emergency.

Finally, if they are online and computer savvy, you might want to set them up on a local facebook group. Something like Skype video calling  is also a great way to keep in touch with each other. 

At Care Sourcer we understand there is a lot for you to think about at the moment, we will therefore be posting several other videos to help you through this. To find out more, go to www.caresourcer.com/corona-virus

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