Planning the Holidays in the Face of COVID-19
As a caregiver, planning the holidays can be extremely difficult. This year, with COVID continuing to pose a threat, holiday planning is going to look a little bit different. Here are a few tips to ensuring a safe holiday season for yourself and your loved ones:
Get Smart About Travel: If you can forego traveling this holiday season, do so. If you must travel, make sure that you’re taking all of the necessary precautions and try to drive instead of flying. It’s also a good idea to check what the COVID situation is like at the place where you’ll be traveling.
Start Early: The holidays are quickly approaching, so you’ll want to start planning as soon as possible. Speak to your family and find out what their concerns are and what they are hoping to do. COVID is making everything just a little
Get Tested: If you do travel or if you have someone flying in, have them stay isolated from the rest of the family until they can get tested. When in doubt, follow the CDC guidelines for testing and self-isolation after travel and in other situations.
Have Backup: The holidays can be extremely stressful for caregivers, so it's always a good idea to enlist another family member who can safely provide care in case you need to attend to other things. You can also partner with a reliable company like Sutton Home Health Care to make sure that your loved one is being cared for by professionals.
Social Distance When Possible: If you’re meeting up with someone who is not in your immediate household, consider social distancing whenever possible.
Go Virtual: If having the entire family together is not possible this year due to COVID or other concerns, doing a virtual meetup can help ensure that your elderly loved ones are still included.
Need help caring for a loved one this holiday season? Sutton Home Care is home to a variety of professional caregivers and we already following COVID protocols to ensure safety.