Many experts are saying that isolation and loneliness for the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic may begin to exhibit signs of dementia. Social isolation for the elderly can lead to more memory loss and cognitive issues. “We know people who are getting old, if they’re isolated or socially less stimulated, they tend to develop dementia earlier than others,” says behavioral neurologist Borna Bonakdarpour, an assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine physician.
If someone is developing early signs of Alzheimers, they may already have particular risk factors for dementia such as loneliness. It can present as the subjective feeling of distress due to social distancing. Although most elders understand the physical risks associated with being in public at this time, they still cant help but have those feelings of being forced to be alone in their homes. It can actually have physical repercussions on people such as high blood pressure or a weakened immune system. Ofcourse, loneliness can also bring up feelings of suicidal thoughts, which has been shown to increase during the COVID pandemic as well. Some research experts even say that loneliness may result in cognitive decline in the elderly.
Quality Health Care Concierge may provide essential assistance to the elderly and other individuals who are feeling loneliness due to social isolation during the pandemic. We provide compassionate companion care and are practice the safety necessary in today’s times! All companions entering one’s home are equipped with the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and required to perform safe practices to assure our clients are both feeling safe and at a highly decreased risk of any infection in their homes. Quality Health Care Concierge praises safe practices and increased cognitive function for clients as they are very well known in the community for their holistic care mission.
As we all are aware, the current rate of rise in positive Florida COVID-19 cases has become faster than ever. It is highly important that all people stay informed, practice safe distancing, and practice common sharing of goals to move out of this state of unhealthy growth in disease throughout the United States. As we move forward, the home health care industry strives to move to the top of all healthcare providers that take reduction of disease very seriously and recognized as a significant entity in prevention of disease in the healthcare realm.
“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around and so I am very concerned,” Fauci told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during a hearing on the pandemic as the US reported more than 50,000 new Covid-19 cases. As of today, Florida has over 370,000 confirmed cases with more than 5,000 confirmed deaths; Palm Beach having about 27,000 confirmed cases and 700 deaths. More information can be found at this handy unofficial Florida COVID dashboard.
So, how do we move forward safely and help prevent disease spread? Fauci and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield stressed the significance of wearing masks during testimony before a Senate committee earlier this month, with Fauci saying “we recommend masks for everyone” and “masks are extremely important.” In home health care and with Quality Health Care Concierge, we take part in the ultimate prevention by providing exceptional quality companion care with a high retention rate of caregivers who are compassionate, trust-worthy, well-educated and trained, and provide specialized care in the comfort of the client’s homes. They are always providing all care needs with the proper personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and even gowns. All private caregivers from Quality Health Care Concierge are very careful in helping their clients remain safe by running errands, personal care, pet care, and even assist with increasing mental health needs through providing holistic care support and truly caring about their client’s needs.
It’s important to stay safe and diligent as each person makes decisions that influence the community.
In turbulent times, health care providers and home care agencies are all rolling up their sleeves to put in a helping hand. Agencies are wondering how they can be of assistance to society and to their clients while keeping everyone safe and virus free! They are also working together to keep consistency in safety precautions in the home, in the work environment, and furthering within the society. There is an imminent need to assure that all people are given the opportunity to continue to work, and to continue to safely provide services in people’s homes.
Quality Health Care Concierge takes pride in ensuring they are making the right choices in continuing to hire compassionate caregivers that are sure to take standard precautions in the home. The newly enhanced standard precautions include washing hands, wearing masks, keeping to over 6 feet of distance between people, wearing gowns if necessary and much more. All caregivers are required to go through a thorough training on patient safety and cleanliness in the home.
Just as importantly, Quality Health Care Concierge is hiring compassionate caregivers at the quickest rate they ever have! All caregivers are interviewed through phone and video calls. These caregivers are hired through the same vigorous interviewing process as prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. They are required to have fingerprints completed prior to working with Quality Health Care Concierge to assure that the level II background screening is completed. All caregivers are required to undergo a Virtual Orientation and attest to understanding and completing the required caregiver training in order to report to work. Quality Health Care Concierge prioritizes the health safety of both their hired caregivers and all of their clients.