As families, caregivers and organizations across the world navigate unprecedented challenges in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, much of the potential impact related to how we will live, take care of one another, and operate in the weeks and months to come is still unknown.
Although we don’t know what this pandemic means for the long-term, here’s what we do know, today:
1 out of 5 in our workforce (approximately 25-30 million people) are currently balancing work, with caregiving.
Pandemic or not, these working caregivers are already carefully coordinating the nuances of caregiving, every day. And now – it’s a new game, and new rules. Caregiving is now happening with children home from school during work hours; from afar with limited resources; through revised care plans (with Nursing Homes, Therapists and other Elder Care and Special Needs Partners) for high-risk individuals; and, with the need for physical and emotional support, now, more than ever.
We hear you. We see you. And, we feel you.
Although we don’t have a crystal ball for Caregivers, we do have a team of certified Healthcare Professionals to help you navigate the nuances, challenges, and ongoing demands and dynamics of caregiving, in crisis. If you are wondering where to begin this journey, they have helped compile a list of foundational resources for caregiving through COVID-19 for just that reason.
Here’s where to start:
Clean and disinfect your home according to CDC standards.
More than likely, you are home for the foreseeable future, balancing work and caregiving. Those in your home may even be at-risk individuals for COVID-19. The National Association for Homecare and Hospice recently released a Guide for Household Members, Intimate Partners, and Caregivers, as recommended by the CDC, to help ensure your home is safe from the spread of coronavirus.
Ask care facilities what their approach is for prevention.
As the elder community has been deemed the highest-risk demographic for coronavirus, AARP and the CDC have created helpful guidelines, resources and questions to help your family ensure your loved ones are protected by Long-term Care Facilities, and as resources and services are interrupted.
“We can’t choose the game. We can’t choose the rules. We can only choose how we play”.
Take steps to prepare for financial burdens.
What is covered in your loved one's health insurance policy specifically surrounding coronavirus? In an “AARP Coronavirus Information Tele-Town Hall event on March 10, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), reiterated that Medicare beneficiaries will not be on the hook for out-of-pocket costs and copayments associated with coronavirus testing”. She also added, “many Americans with private insurance will also see relief from cost-sharing for services associated with the coronavirus”. Read more.
Be prepared to adapt.
As Simon Sinek says, “We can’t choose the game. We can’t choose the rules. We can only choose how we play”. You may not be used to working from home. You may not be used to protecting those you care for from a global pandemic. But, you are used to adapting. You are a Caregiver. For extra support. we love this list of 13 Ways to Maintain Productivity to help you adapt to working from home.
Take a deep breath and remember, there is still good in the world.
Organizations and people across the world are coming together to support one another in ways like never before. Give kudos to great companies you read about, post about the support you are receiving from your own company, and check social platforms (we’ve seen some great ones on Facebook) for groups and movements supporting at-risk individuals in your community. We are here. This is what Cariloop was built for. To help relieve the stress and anxiety felt by all caregivers, and to create the global standard for the way we support caregivers, families and each other. Our Care Coaches are here to help you navigate the extraordinary demands of caregiving through COVID-19.
If you are in need of:
- Back-up care
- Researching and coordinating with babysitters, nannies, or private caregivers for children or elderly loved ones
- Guidance as you rearrange care plans to center around care in the home versus facility-based care in Assisted Livings, Memory Care, Adult Day Care or Nursing Homes
- Assistance making accommodations and lining up service providers for meals, transportation, etc. to assist from a distance
- Support through any other caregiving challenges
We are here, let us help.