06/01/2020 by californiacaregivers
How Family Caregivers Can Keep Loved Ones Active at Home During Coronavirus Outbreak
As senior centers, adult day centers and other programs geared toward older adults temporarily closed their doors, family caregivers hunkered down with their loved ones to help "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus. Changing routines, missing socialization opportunities and lacking cognitive stimulation may become increasingly problematic as time goes on.
Deyon Murray, of Boynton Beach, Florida, for example, says her newly relocated father, 88 — now her housemate — is feeling the void of activities. He was used to going to a senior center daily but it is closed. "I can see where he’s bored already and I have to sleep in the day because I’m a night hospice nurse," she says. "I don’t know how to keep him occupied."
If you and your loved ones are stuck at home and cabin fever is setting in, here are some ideas to help prevent boredom and stay active….