Aging parents and grandparents living in senior care communities are struggling daily with issues of loneliness and isolation due to COVID-19 social restrictions. Here are a few things family and friends can do for their aging loved one to make separation more bearable.
Jane cares for her husband Jim who is in the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Some days she feels as if she cannot be any sadder. This is not her husband as he used to be. His abilities keep changing over time. He requires more and more care. She feels guilty when she wishes the caregiving load would end. It is painful to witness his dependency on her for personal care and decision making when he used to be so self-sufficient.
Everything was going fairly well until his son-in-law unknowingly brought the coronavirus home. After Sam developed symptoms of coronavirus Bob was tested and even though he did not have any symptoms his test was positive. Sam had classic symptoms: fever, a persistent dry cough, and fatigue.
As a member of the Aging Life Care Association, Golden Pond Virginia takes pride in the care and comfort we can give families during this trying time. Learn some of the benefits we provide, the questions we can answer, and the information you need.
Sometimes older adults are reluctant to activate the long term care policies they’ve paid into for years. Policies can be complex and difficult to understand, and some seniors fear that acknowledging they need help means they’ll lose their independence. Learn how Golden Pond helped George and his daughters navigate his long term care insurance and find the right time to use it.
Ariana’s parents were both in their late seventies and had health problems that were starting to slow them down. Ariana’s brother, Michael, had a developmental disability and still lived at home. She often wondered what would happen if – or rather, when – her parents could no longer care for him, but didn’t know how to get the information she needed to start planning.
There were problems right from the start. First, there was the issue of her father arguing about the temperature in the house all the time. He was either too hot or too cold and he was always monkeying with the temperature settings. He expected Janice to drive him to all of his medical appointments, even though she had a full-time job.
Gina was worried; it seemed that every time her mother complained of a new ache or pain to her doctors, she was prescribed another medication. Yet the more drugs she took, the worse she felt. It got to the point where Gina’s mother was taking at least 10 pills a day for high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, constipation, high cholesterol, heartburn, low thyroid function, insomnia, and who knew what else.
Ron was a retired police officer who had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He lived with his son Dave and daughter-in-law Carol, in an in-law apartment attached to their house. Although Ron’s symptoms were mild and he still participated in social activities, Dave had become more concerned about his father’s firearms.
Mom makes the same holiday pie every year. This year it didn’t taste quite right. When I asked if she followed the recipe, she said that she has made it for so many years that she no longer needed a recipe. The truth is she could no longer follow the recipe.