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Keeping Seniors Happy, Healthy,
And Independent At Home

Home. It’s where people want to be as they age and during the COVID-19 pandemic, home is one of the best places to stay. During this crisis, it can be challenging to keep a senior loved one’s health in check and to ensure they are safe at home.

The good news? Whether you need day-to-day in-home support, medical care at home, a driver companion to help with errands, or just some friendly guidance, we can help.

Check out some resources below, and if you have questions, simply call us: 952-345-0919


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COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS

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    Knowing what to do quickly if/when a loved one tests positive for COVID-19 or shows symptoms will help you make informed decisions that are best for your family. When an emergency or health crisis occurs, it can feel chaotic and stressful as you try to do what’s best for your loved one and identify who can make decisions on their behalf. Being prepared ahead of time helps you take the emotion out of the decision-making and have all your information at the ready in one single place.

    If you or your loved one have COVID-19, be prepared to answer these types of questions:
    • Who has your loved one been in contact with?
    • Where is your closest COVID-19 testing center?
    • Do you have the appropriate medicine and supplies on hand to care for your loved one?
    • If your loved one has specific household responsibilities, who can take care of them while your family member recovers?
  • Create and share your emergency contact list
    In an emergency, do you (and your family members) know who to contact? Curating a shared emergency contact list takes the guessing out of whom to contact and documents what to do so everyone is prepared.

    Remember to think of the people that would be important to contact outside of the family in case of an emergency (ex. employer, team members, club members, etc.) so they're aware that you're being cared for.
  • Collect your loved one's personal information
    Keeping your loved one's personal information in a single place is important during emergencies or health crises so you can quickly access it if needed to ensure their wishes and needs are met. By collecting and storing this information, you can provide valuable and quick answers to questions that many people may have in an emergency, especially if they are unable to speak. It’s important to talk with loved ones about collecting this information so you not only have their permission but can work with them on what’s important to them.

    Some types of information to consider collecting:
    • Financial
    • Medical
    • Transportation 

    Download this checklist we’ve developed to help guide you through what you will need so you are prepared!

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CARING FOR A LOVED ONE DURING COVID-19

Recovering from COVID-19 at home is possible. We’ve listed a few common questions below to help guide you on how to care for a loved one or yourself during COVID-19. If you have immediate concerns, please call us directly so we support you and your loved one’s goals.

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    This is an important question especially if you are the primary caregiver for a loved one at home or are responsible for checking in on them and bringing them groceries, medications, or supplies. If you get sick, having a backup plan in place will alleviate stress for you while you recuperate and make sure your loved ones health stays strong until you’re feeling better. 

Think of your day-to-day responsibilities. Create a list of the critical tasks that would need to be taken over and who would be best person (or people) to take them over.

Lifesprk Advisors can help guide you to the right options to support you and your loved one, even if it’s temporary.

  • Things like:
    • Caregiving or nursing
    • Transportation
    • Activities of daily living 
    • Medication management
    • Grocery shopping, dog walking, or house cleaning
    • Call us for more community resources

  • What if my loved one gets sick or quarantined - what are my options?
    Depending on where they live – whether with you or in their own home – there are specific things you can do prevent further spread and help them recuperate. If they live in a senior living campus, visiting with them is not advised. However, we highly encourage opportunities to increase social connections while physically distancing yourself.

    You can use these tips to care for them while keeping yourself healthy:
    • Have the person stay in one room, away from other people, including yourself, as much as possible.
    • If possible, have them use a separate bathroom and eat (or be fed) in their room.
    • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, towels and bedding.
    • Wear a disposable (if possible) facemask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the sick person.
    • Reach out to our team for additional handouts if someone you love is quarantined.

  • What if we experience a health crisis in the midst of COVID-19?
    Call us immediately at 952.345.0919 if you’re worried or symptoms are worsening. We have many options to support you at home including in-person visits and telehealth capabilities to give you confidence and offer guidance on the spot.

  • Food availability and diets
    Limited food availability can mean changes in diet which can exacerbate certain health conditions. If you’re concerned about nutrition and making sure they are eating healthy at home, reach out to our team for suggestions.

Download our guide to know when it’s time to connect with a healthcare profession about caring for your loved one.

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IMPROVING YOUR CAREGIVING SKILLS

Being a family caregiver is rewarding. It can also be challenging as you balance the needs of your loved one while also keeping your health strong so you can care for them. The first step in caring for your loved one is understanding the needs that your loved one may have and know if you're able to meet those needs, especially if you are suddenly responsible for caring for a loved one without time to prepare.

  • Should I be scheduling doctor appointments and follow-ups?
    Seniors still need to get to life-sustaining appointments like dialysis, cancer treatments, and meeting with their cardiologist for example. Call us and we'll share with you vetted community resources for what you are looking for.
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WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE TO ME AND MY LOVED ONE?

The current COVID-19 pandemic has many people quickly becoming family caregivers while others are at home wondering how best to care for their loved ones from afar until the ‘stay home’ orders are lifted. Each situation is unique. Lifesprk has a wide variety of services and options to help you now and beyond COVID-19 to age magnificently.  Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 11-23-36 AM

  • Community Home Care: Private-pay caregiving and nursing
  • Lifesprk Home Health: Medicare skilled home health
  • Lifesprk Health: Primary care
  • Life Managers: Registered nurses who can help guide and coordinated care; they are available to select Medicare plan members at no additional cost.
  • Telehealth options: Ask our team about innovative ways to connect from the comfort of your own home and make sure your and your loved one’s health is on track.

Want to learn more, schedule a consultation or call us at 952.345.0919 to speak with our team about the care your loved one deserves. 

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KEEP THE SPARK; FINDING PURPOSE AND POSITIVITY IN EACH DAY

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    Even before COVID-19 isolation measures were put into place, loneliness, social isolation, and depression were major health risks for seniors. To increase their health, help them stay connected and engaged with these tips.

  • Activities to do together from afar
    Thankfully, we live in a world where we can feel connected whether there are many miles between us or we're just down the street. When trying to stay connected with your loved one, think of ways that go beyond just a phone call.

    Getting a group together on a Zoom call or FaceTime to not only talk but interact is a great way to feel like you're all together in the same room. Consider mailing your loved ones letters or activities to do while at home. Leave fresh meals or baked treats outside on their doorstep or stop by and visit from outside a window just to physically see them and check-in.

  • Activities to do alone or with household members
    Filling your days with activities that bring joy will increase overall happiness and improve health, and keep you busy during the times you may be alone.

    Some activities to consider are:
    • Reading
    • Puzzles
    • Baking/Cooking
    • Exercising
    • Journaling
    • Home Improvement Projects
    • Gardening
    • Read our Seek On blog with more tips to age magnificently

    If there are activities your loved one would like to do but needs assistance doing them, call our team, we can assist with activities or facilitate variations to keep them happy and safe. And give you peace of mind!

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