Coronavirus: how to prepare your home for an elderly relative
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 might be a possibility that you feel it’s best for your elderly loved one to come and stay with you. This might help prevent loneliness or to help minimise non-essential travel.
However, there are a few things you might want to consider before your loved one comes to stay.
- Check with the pharmacy to ensure they have enough medication to last a few weeks. Make sure you know what they have, when they have it, and how to get more if needed.
- If a loved one is unsteady on their feet, think about lifting rugs.
- If they use an aid, ensure there’s enough space for them to get around with this.
- If possible, they might prefer to take a favourite chair with a higher back. This helps to get them up and out more easily, compared to slightly lower sofas that most of us have in our own homes.
Finally, expect that things might be quite different around the home. But there might also be some really lovely times and great memories can be made when everyone is together.”
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