Oct 5, 2020
Video: ‘We can still sing’
Caregivers for elderly loved ones are facing unprecedented challenges amid the pandemic.
Those with relatives in nursing homes are weighing the potential risks of coronavirus exposure inside and outside the facility, as well as their own ability to care for their loved ones and the need for social connection for senior citizens.
Alexandra Drane, founder of Rebel Health and Archangels and a nationally recognized expert on caregiving, recently spoke with a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts audience to offer her insights.
Drane reflected on a question from an audience member: How can I stay connected with my mother, who has Parkinson’s and dementia and is in a nursing home?
Some of her thoughts include:
- Share a favorite song – memories of music remain strong, even when others are lost.
- Form bonds with nursing home staff, and send audio or video messages that can be shared with your loved one during difficult times.
- Seek support from a peer undergoing a similar challenge with a relative.
- Get a palliative care consult, which will focus on quality of life.
- Be kind to yourself and forgive yourself.