One of the vital roles of the church is ensuring that its members are safe and cared for. The call to become a caregiver for senior members is loud and clear.. However, it’s difficult to find the best path forward, as many of our traditional forms of caregiving – visiting, offering transport, doing chores – seem fraught with risk. Here are some answers to questions you might have about how to offer help and check in with senior parishioners in a safe, healthy way right now:
Q1: Are there any needs seniors might have that they’re unable to ask for?
A1: Many of us struggle to ask for help, particularly with topics that might carry stigma or shame:
- Understanding Mental Health Issues in Seniors
- Medicare Coverage of Mental Health Services
- The 15 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors
- Home Safety for Seniors – Statistics and Solutions
Q2: What services can I perform for my senior friends and loved ones?
A2: Running errands, performing outdoor chores, and offering rides (with precautions) can make a huge difference:
- Hire an Errand Runner to Safely Assist Your Loved One
- 5 Ways to Care for Older Loved Ones During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- How to Help Older Neighbors During COVID-19
- Transportation Resources for Seniors
Q3: What can I do for senior loved ones from afar?
A3: Thanks to our ever-connected world, there are plenty of ways to help seniors from a distance without breaking your budget:
- Love From Afar: Creative Ideas for Connecting with Long-Distance Loved Ones
- Simple Video Calling Devices for Elderly Seniors
- Remote Solutions to Help you Care for a Loved One from Far Away
- Ultimate Guide to Teach Tech to Seniors in 2020
- Help a Senior Find the Ideal Laptop with Holiday Discounts
- Set Up a Free Zoom Account for Frequent Check-ins
Right now, the best thing we can do for our senior church members is to focus on safe, creative ways to stay in touch and keep them connected. We need to make sure they know they can lean on us for help, resources, and simple human connection. A church is strongest together, and we must use that strength to protect our most vulnerable.
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This article was a contribution from our guest writer Karen Weeks.
Please also read safety for seniors from Covid-19
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