Day 17: Resources for Elders and Elder Care

Many of us, in addition to juggling work and parenting, are also supporting aging parents. Here are some valuable resources focused on your needs as a care provider and their needs as one of the more vulnerable populations to this current pandemic.

Here is a great article from Harvard Business Review on how to balance all of your responsibilities: professional, care for your parents, and care for yourself. Here is a summary of the article:

Balancing Work and Elder Care Through the Coronavirus Crisis (From March 31, 2020)

"While much attention has been paid in recent days to the difficulties of parents trying to balance their professional responsibilities with home-tutoring children whose schools have been shuttered, there are also millions of people who are juggling work and elder care in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Some are attempting to work from home with a sick mother or father who needs attention. Some have stopped allowing professionals health aides to enter their parents’ residences for fear of exposure to coronavirus. Many are just operating under incredible stress, unable to communicate with relatives who are in lockdown in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. These working daughters and sons should do four things. First, employ   technology and routines:  set parents up with phones or even video conferencing capabilities and make sure their days are calm and predictable. Second, set boundaries:  explain what is going on and that you will need uninterrupted time to work from home. Third, ask for flexibility (and some forgiveness) from managers and co-workers:  be transparent about your responsibilities. And fourth, managing your own well-being: get plenty of rest, hydrate yourself, eat well and exercise."

Additionally, elder caregiver website, Daily Caring, has answers to many (and maybe all) of your questions about what best practices, as well as availability of financial and health care resources during this crisis.

For those outside of MA, the CDC has guidelines for older adults, including a video located on this page:

Finally, the aging population is more susceptible to telemarketing schemes, financial or physical abuse, and neglect at any time and certainly during this pandemic. The MA Attorney General recommends contacting their statewide, toll-free hotline to help elders with a range of issues. It's open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is staffed by senior volunteers.

Elder Hotline at (888) AG-ELDER or (888) 243-5337. TTY: (617) 727-4765.

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