Re-building confidence in elderly loved ones to go outside the home.

As we age, leaving the home can feel like more of a struggle, or for some, even frightening.

This has not been helped with Covid-19, and now older people are facing more challenges when deciding to leave the home. If you or someone you love is struggling, consider home care services and at-home care for some additional daily or weekly support to help you get back on your feet.

Coronavirus has understandably led to a lot of fears and worries in older people. Leaving the home can begin to become scary all on its own, but with added stress and anxiety surrounding the virus, some older people are struggling to venture back outside.

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Re-building confidence 

An Age UK study surveyed 2,000 people and their loved ones. They found that more than a third of respondents said they felt more anxious about leaving the home than before.

Many older adults in the survey said that even in the summer they were still too afraid to go out, and nearly half of people over 70 said they were ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘very uncomfortable’ leaving their house due to the effects of the pandemic.

Some older people also told the study that they struggle to find pleasure in activities they used to enjoy – a common symptom of depression. Additionally, other people surveyed discussed how they began to lose interest in other things they had enjoyed. One man reported how his older relative stopped eating when he was no longer allowed out to visit friends. Another symptom of depression.

This would suggest that leaving the home and getting out to socialise is essential for us to remain happy and healthy, and therefore should be maintained.

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One idea is to write a list of your loved one’s needs and if you are able to support them. For example:

 

They are struggling to feel safe going out. Perhaps you should assist them on some small journeys.

My loved one is feeling depressed and they have no social interactions. I live too far away to help. Home care services can give your loved one some additional support and social interaction.

My mother is high risk and we're both nervous about her returning to normal life. Home care services can help your mother ease back into social outings while making sure she follows guidelines and wears the right protective equipment.

If your loved one is unable to live independently and cannot care for themselves anymore, moving into a residential setting will give them the benefit of 24-hour care and support. This will give you peace of mind that your loved one is safe and that they receive the right level of care.

Encouragement to get out the house 

In order for older adults to feel safer leaving home, it is important to help them and build their confidence back up. If you know of someone who struggles on their own, finding a care agency that offers home care services can be a good middle ground to starting to feel better about leaving the home.

 

Other ways to encourage older adults to feel comfortable with going out again can be educating them on the latest coronavirus news and advice. This can be ensuring they’re booked in for their jabs and their booster. The important thing is not to let them feel isolated at this difficult time.

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You should also make sure they are staying warm and eating regularly. Low mood can be caused by lack of eating and general discomfort, making your older relative less likely to want to leave the house.

If you are worried about your relatives struggling to look after themselves in the winter months, care at home services may be particularly beneficial to ensure they are receiving some additional care. Eating and warmth are important to being happy and healthy and should be monitored properly for older adults.

Support and care 

You should also make sure they are staying warm and eating regularly. Low mood can be caused by lack of eating and general discomfort, making your older relative less likely to want to leave the house. If you are worried about your relatives struggling to look after themselves in the winter months, care at home services may be particularly beneficial to ensure they are receiving some additional care. Eating and warmth are important to be happy and healthy and should be monitored properly for older adults.

Staying up to date for all jabs and checkups is another important way to build confidence in loved ones. You can attend their appointments with them and make sure they are taking extra care of themselves to keep their immune system healthy. If they struggle to get out and you cannot dedicate the time to attending all their appointments, a care professional offering home care services may be able to do this for you.

What can I do to help?

Simply just sitting down and having a warm conversation with an older adult about their concerns can help. If they are alone most of the time, it is likely they are encouraging their anxiety due to fear. Make a point of calling or visiting your loved ones and discussing all their queries and worries to make sure they have the right information about staying safe and venturing out of the house.

Ultimately, it is our duty to care for and support our older relatives and loved ones. We understand it can be difficult, and this past year or so has proven challenging for a number of reasons. If you or a loved one is struggling with the confidence to get back out, we encourage you to take the necessary precautions, but also to get back out and start enjoying yourself. See friends, go to the cinema, enjoy being out in the fresh air again. Just be safe also.

If you are interested in receiving some additional support with daily tasks and personal maintenance, please contact us about our at-home care services. We’d be happy to provide you with a free consultation and any other information regarding our personal home care services.

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