One of most vulnerable groups during the pandemic is our senior citizens. In an interview with WMBC-TV News, Adam Blecker, President, Seniors In Place, talks about the best ways to ensure the safety of seniors.
What You Can Do to Keep Loved Ones Safe
WMBC-TV News Interview with Adam Blecker, President, Seniors In Place
“At Seniors In Place, we put clients for whom care was optional on hold for a while.
“But for clients with a real care need (incontinence or need for assistance in bathing or unable to shop for themselves or prepare food for themselves or just a need for that added social support) for those clients what we started to do was migrate them from hourly care to live-in care. And we did that because they had a need for care and by having a live-in caregiver, we could really reduce the moving parts where people were in and out of that client’s home.
“Having interaction is really important. With access to technology, it’s somewhat easier during this pandemic to stay very much in contact with one another on a daily basis – even if it’s to check in or even if you give an iPad to a grandchild to let them show their grandparent their homework.
“On the other side it’s also really important to advocate with our elderly parents and loved ones to take this virus seriously, that they shelter in place, that they minimize their trips and outings to grocery stores and other locations. We know that in many cases, family members are doing grocery shopping for their loved ones.
“I also think it’s important to encourage our loved ones to wear a mask when in public. One of the perspectives to convince a loved one to wear a mask is that wearing a mask is not just to protect yourself, it’s to protect all those around you. It’s really your civic duty to wear a mask when in public.”
– Excerpt from WMBC-TV News radio interview with Adam Blecker