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Tips to Help Seniors During the Coronavirus

The Coronavirus has taken the world by storm, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has made it known that older adults are at a higher risk of developing a severe illness. Whether you have an older loved one who is struggling during this pandemic or you simply want to do your part to help the elderly community during this time, here are some tips from our independent living community near Fairfax County, VA.

Back to Basics

Basic routines such as cooking, cleaning, or bathing can be difficult for those with limited mobility. Caregivers should always wear a mask and gloves when assisting an elderly individual with their needs to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.  

If your family member is getting basic care and has access to the right supplies, try not to stress too much about things outside of your control.

Explain Modern Technology

It’s heartbreaking to hear a granddaughter ask when she can visit her grandma again. Yet, social distancing is one of the easiest ways to slow the spread of infections. We encourage you to stay connected through technology. 

If possible, explain how to use basics such as video chat or FaceTime to your loved one to stay in communication with them during these difficult times. Many older adults think that modern technology is more complicated than it is, so a simple explanation can go a long way. 

Make Transitions as Necessary

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, you may realize that you need more help caring for your aging family member than you may have originally anticipated. Consider this a blessing in disguise, as it will help ensure that our loved one is getting the care they need to maintain a high quality of life. 

Also, this transition can help provide peace of mind to you and your family. 

How The Virginian Can Help

At The Virginian, we know what it takes to provide an excellent quality of life for our residents. 

We offer multiple care levels to help you and your family feel the peace of mind you deserve. Nothing is more important to us than caring diligently for your loved one, and the spread of the virus makes this goal even more important to us. 

We offer Fairfax County residents independent living, memory care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and respite care in a modern, trustworthy facility. Our beautiful campus provides the perfect level of care combined with the independence to help you and your family members thrive. 

Contact us to learn more about our independent living services today.

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