A guide for caregiving during coronavirus.
First the facts.
This is a rapidly changing situation. Make sure you get the facts and latest guidance from reliable sources like: Center for Disease Control (CDC)
For work related issues and information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act): Department of Labor
For Medicare-related questions about benefits, testing, telehealth and fraud: AARP
If your parents are in a senior living facility or sheltering at home and you are seeking ways to stay connected, we have some suggestions: What to do if your parent’s nursing home or assisted living facility restricts visitors due to the coronavirus?
If you are concerned your parent may be hospitalized, here is a list of information and paperwork you will want to send to the hospital: What to send to the hospital with your elderly parent
For tips on communicating with a dementia patient right now, here’s a helpful video: Talking to a parent with dementia who is in lock down due to COVID-19
Looking for activities to keep your parents busy during the quarantine? We have some suggestions: Activities for aging parent isolated due to the coronavirus
If your parent lives with you:
Are you struggling with caregiving tasks like wound care, incontinence, special diets? The AARP has a great How-to Video Series for caregivers.
Looking for best practices on buying groceries safely? Read this.
Need some fun ways to pass the time together? Here are 10 feel good TV shows to watch together
If you employ paid caregivers to support your parents:
CareAcademy has a Comprehensive guide for direct care workers
Hand In Hand has a state-by-state guide on how to be a fair employer during the coronavirus outbreak as well as tips for managing attendants/caregivers during the coronavirus crisis. Check them out here.
What about your career?
Are you trying to balance work and caregiving? Here are some helpful tips from Harvard Business Review.
Is remote work new to you? Read The Working Daughter Guide To Working From Home.
Are you struggling with Zoom for your online meetings (and virtual happy hours)? Read this beginner’s guide to using Zoom.
Self-care: No longer a cliché. Taking care of yourself right now is critical.
Try meditating. With an app like Insight Timer, it’s really quite simple.
Exercise! Daily Burn is a great subscription-based workout site with a variety of programs from easy to intense, yoga to Spartan training.
Read. Take a break from the relentless news cycle. We love these books for distracting our minds when we are worried and stressed.
Listen to the Working Daughter playlist. It’s guaranteed to lift you up.
And if you are struggling with anxiety, check out these free, online COVID-19 anxiety support groups.