AT A TIME LIKE THIS...
By Summer Jackson
Our country and the World have been dealing with a crisis like I have never seen in my 61 years over the past 5+ months, and yet each day I am still finding it hard to believe. I keep hoping and praying that I am going to wake up to find that everything is back to “normal” and that this COVID-19 pandemic has all been a crazy nightmare! But I know in my heart that this is not going to happen and that we all are going to have to pull together to turn things around again. We as Americans have done it before, and I pray we will have the courage, wisdom and strength to do it again!
I talk to a lot of people every week who have loved ones in nursing homes because I work with adult children. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be living in a nursing home right now at this point in history, to not be able to see my family at a time when I need them the most, and to only be seeing bad news on the television each and every day. Quite a few of our senior clients living in nursing homes have passed away over the last few months and I have no doubt that it is because of fear and loneliness. No one should be made to feel like they are intentionally being isolated from their loved ones and the world at a time like this!
So, because it looks like we may be in this situation for a few more months and the nursing homes will more than likely be keeping their COVID-19 policies in place, at a time like this we need to be thoughtful and creative about how we can help our loved ones and friends in the nursing home to feel our love, know they are valued and be less afraid.
Here are a few suggestions and I hope that this gets everyone thinking!
God Bless you all and stay safe!
Summer Jackson, the author of this Age-Friendly Blog is an advocate for aging, and she insists that we all can live an unprecedented quality of life as we age. She believes that accomplishing this requires educating people of all ages, and involving people, organizations, and community leaders in a shared process. Read on. You will find her posts to be insightful, fun, and inspiring for people of all ages...
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