Tips during COVID19:

 

  • Be proactive. Follow CDC guidelines for infection control, hygiene, reduction of risk

 

  • Stay informed but limit the amount of time on social media or time spent watching/listening to the news

 

  • Connect with family and friends through video chats and phone calls

 

  • Take advantage of telehealth opportunities

 

  • Reduce anxiety/stress through mindfulness practices and engaging in stimulating and/or creative tasks

 

  • If it’s nice and you are able- spend some time outdoors

 

  • Having a sense of gratitude for all that you have can give you extra hope and positive feelings to better tackle each challenge you are faced with. It may help to create a list to remind yourself!

 

  • Make time to care for yourself! Take a nice bath, listen to music, connect with loved ones, go outside, get creative, and do things that bring you joy.

For those caring for individuals with memory loss:

  • It can be helpful to provide extra and/or written reminders to practice proper hygiene.

  • Consider placing signs in bathrooms, kitchen, etc. to remind to wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.

  • Demonstrate through your handwashing

  • Readily have alcohol-based hand sanitizer around for those unable to wash hands easily.

  • Create alternative plans for care if the primary caregiver becomes sick.

  • Ask your pharmacist about filling larger prescriptions to reduce trips to the pharmacy.

  • Connect with friends and family for assistance to reduce need to go out to grocery store, pharmacy, etc.

  • Make time to care for yourself!