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Grief in the Time of Covid

Monday , December 7 , 2020

Grief in the Time of Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our lives in many ways. Many people have experienced feelings such as sadness, depression, anxiety, and anger.

Experts say these feelings may be signs of grief.

Understanding how a loss of normalcy can cause grief, and knowing how to handle it, can help you cope with the changes in a healthy way.

Keep reading to learn more.

Identifying Grief

Grief is often associated with illness and death, but it can be brought on by any traumatic event. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many people are experiencing grief because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Often, individuals don’t even realize that grief is what they’re dealing with – but properly identifying the symptoms is the first step in fighting it.

Signs of grief may include:

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Fatigue
  • Problems sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Muscle tension
  • Much more

Grief During Covid-19

Grief comes in many forms, for many different reasons, during the current pandemic. Many people have lost a loved one to the virus. Others have lost jobs or homes.

Almost all of us have lost the ability to foster social relationships, take part in recreational activities, and even the freedom to leave the house.

These changes to daily life can cause feelings of grief – especially when they’re all piled on, one after another, with no known end in sight. 

Coping with Covid-Related Grief 

The first step in dealing with grief? Embrace the process. No matter what caused your feelings of sorrow, it’s important not to ignore or suppress them. Here are some ways to cope:

  • Connect virtually. For those dealing with grief during the pandemic, it can be beneficial to find a way to connect with others. Because we’re limited in our ability to meet face-to-face, many have been turning to video chats as a way to stay in touch. Something as simple as a Zoom call and seeing a loved one’s face can make a world of difference.
  • Find meaning. Your loss – whether it’s the death of a loved one or a missed social connection – can feel unimportant when the entire world is dealing with similar issues. But your grief IS valid. Many people find that faith, whether religious or otherwise, helps them find a sense of meaning.
  • Understand that grief is a universal experience. Know that you are not alone. Thousands of people across the globe are going through exactly the same thing as you are right now. Be as patient with yourself as you would with others.

Final Thoughts

Covid-19 isn’t going to last forever, and we WILL get through this. In the meantime, understand that what you’re feeling is normal. If you need help dealing with your grief, these resources from the CDC may be helpful: http://bit.ly/34DRqyY

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Happy Home Care Aide Week!

Monday , November 9 , 2020

Happy Home Care Aide Week!

Every November, the home care community honors the millions of home care aides, nurses, therapists, and social workers who make a difference for the patients and families they serve.

This week, November 9 – 13, we recognize home care aides in particular. At ComForCare, our aides play an invaluable role to our clients as caregivers, companions, and friends. They choose to use their lives to serve our community’s aged, disabled, and dying. In these unprecedented times, more than ever before, they are heroes.

Here’s a little more about what they do every day:

What is Home Care? 

Home care includes a wide range of professional services, such as medical or social support, that allow a person to live safely in their home. These services are provided by nurses, home health aides, therapists, and more.

No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration. Their goal is helping society’s weakest members live the fullest lives they can. By marrying high tech with high touch, home care professionals and volunteers allow patients to get care at home where they can be with the ones they love.” – The National Association for Home Care & Hospice

The focus of home care is often helping someone who is aging and needs assistance to live independently, is recuperating from an illness or injury, or is managing chronic health issues.

The services are almost always a more budget-friendly option than high-cost institutional care that would be provided in a nursing facility.

Why Use Home Health Care?

When it comes time to choose how to help a loved one care for themselves, the decision can be a difficult one. How will you know what’s right for them (and everyone else involved)?

We’ve found that often, people both young and old prefer to receive care at home.

  • Most individuals are more comfortable at home, surrounded by family and friends who can offer emotional support
  • Home care allows for a more personal relationship with the caregiver
  • Clients can remain independent, rather than hand over all control to nursing home professionals
  • In home care is typically less expensive than nursing facilities or hospitals 

What is the Role of a Home Aide? 

A home aide provides basic services such as medication reminders, transportation to and from appointments, meal planning and preparation, and family respite. They travel to the client’s own home. Often, their assistance is a big part of what allows the person to continue living in their own home.

Duties provided by a home aide vary depending on the needs of the client. Examples include:

  • Light housekeeping tasks such as washing dishes, vacuuming, and folding laundry
  • Transportation for errands, appointments, and social outings
  • Healthy and delicious meals cooked right in the client’s own kitchen
  • Safety supervision and fall risk assessment
  • Ensure all medication is taken at the correct time every day

Celebrating Our Home Health Aides 

All of us at ComForCare Home Care join in applauding and thanking home care aides everywhere for the amazing work they do. These workers are some of the most dedicated and compassionate health care providers in the field. No less than doctors, nurses or first responders, HHAs save lives.

Thank you, home care aides! Your work is vital.

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Is In-home Care the Better Choice Post Covid-19?

Tuesday , September 15 , 2020

Is In-home Care the Better Choice Post Covid-19?

According to the California Healthcare Foundation, more than 40% of Covid-19 fatalities so far were nursing home residents or workers. And that number is true across the nation – not just in the Golden State.

Shocked? You shouldn’t be. Despite strict regulations, nursing homes have long struggled with infection control.

The same organization states that “nursing homes are hot spots because they combine numerous risk factors for transmission: congregate living, a mostly elderly population with underlying health conditions, and inadequate staffing, PPE, and infection control for an emergency.”

And the public has taken notice. Healthcare consulting firm Transcend Strategy Group recently surveyed 1,000 family healthcare decision-makers across the country and found that two-thirds of respondents say they plan to use in-home care rather than facility-based care in the future.

Among those surveyed, 65% said Covid-19 has changed their opinions about how to best care for older adults, while 68% said they don’t believe that quality care can be provided in congregate settings.

We’ve put together a brief overview of in-home care, so you can make your own decision. Keep reading to learn more:

Aging in Place 

Maya Angelou said, “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

There is no time this is truer, perhaps, than as we enter old age. According to the AARP, three out of four adults say they want to age in place, even if they need help with day-to-day activities.

Many seniors fear dying alone in a nursing home, surrounded by people they don’t know. When the time comes, they’d prefer to be at home, in an environment that feels safe and in the company of those they love.

The Benefits of In-Home Care 

Home care can provide a variety of benefits for older adults who choose to age in place. Among the most important advantages is assistance with activities of daily living, including help with cooking, cleaning, and even bathing. Here are some other pluses you may be unaware of:

  • It may seem obvious, but in-home care allows seniors the opportunity to age in place among their friends, family, and those they care about most. This can directly contribute to better mental and physical health as they age.
  • Older adults who age in place feel a greater sense of freedom and the independence to live life on their own terms.
  • In-home care providers can perform a wide variety of services, from help with daily activities to round-the-clock care.
  • Home care professionals can provide family caregivers with peace of mind that their loved one is safe and secure while they go to work or tend to other duties.
  • Older adults who have had surgery or have been hospitalized for an illness face a lesser risk of falls when recovering at home. Home care can also reduce the risk of hospital readmission.
  • If your older loved one has specific medical needs, in-home nurses can provide skilled treatment, including wound care, intravenous infusions, and tracheostomy management.
  • With in-home care and the rise of wearable technology, older adults can now receive continuous monitoring from the comfort of their own homes.
  • Much more.

Of course, there are cases where an assisted living facility is the only option – and there are pros and cons to both in-home care and living in a nursing home. One of the biggest considerations should be the health needs of your older loved one. Remember to involve them in the decision-making process and do your research.

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