The Physical and Emotional Effects of Sheltering in Place

The Physical and Emotional Effects of Sheltering in Place

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many states have enacted various pieces of legislation to encourage people to stay home, limit their time in public spaces, and avoid indoor gatherings.

While each of these practices is vital to controlling the spread of COVID-19, it can also have unfortunate consequences, such as a decline in mental and physical well-being. And as an already isolated group within the community, our seniors may be some of the most affected.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Elderly Populations

Mental Health

As driving becomes more difficult, friends and family move or pass away, and mobility begins to decline, seniors are already more prone to social isolation. With the current pandemic adding to existing complications, the psychological impacts can be severe — anxiety, panic attacks, adjustment disorders, depression, chronic stress, and insomnia are among the most common side effects.

Because seniors are encouraged to stay home and avoid social gatherings as much as possible, they’re spending more time alone now than ever. And when seniors are isolated for prolonged periods of time, memory function and the ability to perform daily activities can begin to deteriorate.

Physical Health

Regular exercise is also crucial to seniors’ well-being. However, with family unable to visit and seniors encouraged to avoid places like grocery stores and shopping centers, many of our loved ones are spending much of their time at home with limited activity. And when elders spend time alone, they’re more likely to fill their days with idle activities such as watching TV or sitting in bed. This lack of activity can lead to a decline in overall health.

The Importance of Caregiver Support

Caregiver support has never been more crucial. From companionship to personal care assistance, Caregivers are helping seniors navigate this difficult time while helping to maintain their health and happiness.

As an essential business, Home Helpers® Home Care is proud to be helping our seniors stay healthy and safe during these uncertain times. If you’re someone who’s looking to make a positive difference in the lives of senior citizens, become a part of our successful franchise!

Make someone’s life easier while delivering an exceptional experience by reaching out to our team at (844) 899-8801 or contacting us online.