Article by Marie Miguel
Taking care of kids
As a parent or caregiver, taking care of your kids is a priority. It’s challenging to take care of kids when things are so uncertain. Children need reassurance. It’s difficult for them to understand what’s going on when events such as a natural disaster or pandemic occur, so it’s vital to explain it to them in child-friendly or age-appropriate language and to assure them that things will be okay. During COVID-19, children need a special kind of reassurance because schools are closed, their routines are shaken up, and they’re not sure if they’ll see their friends again. As parents and caregivers, we can reassure kids by letting them know that we will keep them as safe as we can and that we’re taking all the precautions possible. Let them know that doing things like washing their hands will help keep themselves and others well. Providing tangible actions like this can be helpful because it allows for a sense of control.
Taking care of the elderly
As we know, the elderly are considered to be a population that is at risk at this time. If you have a parent or grandparent that you are taking care of, they are vulnerable, so it’s important to remember that these people need our care, our love, and for us to take all of the precautions possible when it comes to spreading the virus. When it comes to taking care of the elderly, it’s essential to ask them what they need. Unlike kids, senior citizens are often able to take care of themselves in specific ways, depending on their level of functionality, and they must have a sense of choice and autonomy. At the same time, they must avoid tasks that could put them at risk of contracting the virus. One thing that you can do to take care of elderly family members is to get them groceries. You can also pick up medication or other supplies for them so that they do not have to go to an area that may be populated or provide a higher risk of contamination. When it comes to the pandemic, in particular, you may need to keep a distance from elderly family members, especially if you don’t live with them, and that can be hard, but you can still ask what they need and provide it safely. If someone is elderly or immunocompromised, it is vital not to get in close contact with them because it could spread the virus. While this may require some creativity on your part if you are helping them extensively, it’s possible.
Caring for an immunocompromised partner
With any relationship, it’s essential to prioritize your partner’s needs. If someone is immunocompromised, you must do everything that you can to keep them safe from catching COVID-19. If you live together, you may need to take time off work and do everything else you can to limit your exposure so that you don’t get them sick. If you don’t live together, you won’t get to see your partner during this time, and that’s tough. Be sure to FaceTime each other regularly, text each other and have phone conversations. Provide them with emotional support, and get them supplies, medications, and groceries so that they don’t have to go out and put themselves at risk.
Another thing that you can do is be an advocate for your partner. Be protective of them in terms of other people’s comments because some individuals won’t understand what an immunocompromised person faces. It is incredibly tiring and frustrating to explain what it’s like to have a chronic illness to people who don’t get it, so if that’s the case for your partner, you can be a voice for them. Most employers are reasonable about letting people choose to take time off from work. For others, their place of employment may be shut down entirely. But if that’s not the case for your significant other, encourage them by letting them know that they’re doing the right thing by taking time off. Let them know that nothing is more important than their health and that you will back them up if friends and family don’t understand why they’re not able to complete specific tasks that require going out or doing anything else that may tire them or put them at risk.
Online counseling or therapy is an excellent place to discuss uncertain times and issues surrounding caring for your family. It’s an excellent option for times like now because, during this pandemic, people are not able to see their therapist in person. COVID-19 has been hard on all of us, and more people need mental health services. Online counseling is flexible and affordable, so you can talk to a therapist or counselor at a time that fits your schedule. Talking to a counselor at an online therapy site like BetterHelp can help you get the care that you need. Everyone needs support, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re struggling to cope with or troubleshoot these unique times.
About Marie Miguel
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
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