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2020 Impact On Our Seniors

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Hi, everybody, and welcome to this week's episode of Senior Care TV. I'm Bre from Affordable HomeCare. Today, I'm gonna talk about 2020 and the impact that it had on seniors.

So 2020 we all know was a year that will never be forgotten. It brought out more challenges than any of us ever expected. Healthcare workers and those in the senior industry though, have stepped up and it's been the bright spot in all of this. So I'm so proud to be a part of it. But there was a lot of things exposed. Unpreparedness for how to handle something like this is evident, that there needs to be a plan going forward if something like this was ever to happen again. Something that all of us in the senior industry have been fighting for, for many, many years. The owner of my company in particular is that, seniors have often been considered an afterthought. And I think that this pandemic has spotlighted that.

Social isolation, I did a video a few spots back highlighting that. Food insecurity in seniors has increased by over 40% since the pandemic began. And just the fear of contracting the virus is a big issue impacting seniors and their loved ones right now. All we can do right now is look ahead and be prepared.

So the vaccine, that's obviously the light at the end of this tunnel. But it's not gonna be readily available to all of us for quite some time. So this is going to take some time and some patients, so being prepared, looking ahead. Now that it's the beginning of a new year, it's a great time to schedule a consult and find out your options about home care.

A lot of times I meet with people, they aren't quite ready to make that decision, but at least their questions are answered. And so when it is that time, they have an option. So I would love to come meet with the family, talk to you more about home care. There's absolutely no obligation to doing that. I think there'll be a lot more attention drawn to our elderly, which is a good thing.

There'll be more opportunities to socialize and interact with them. Home care is a great option to keep your senior or elder in your life safe at home. Being in the beginning of new year is a great time to meet with one of us and have a consult, find out what it is that we offer and how we could help your family. A lot of times I meet with people, six months to a year before they're ready to make a decision but at least they have all those questions answered. And they're very ready when it comes time to make that decision.

Home care is not just the bare minimum. It is so much more than that. We get to the root of who the individual is. Do they like to paint? We're gonna bring an art kit. We'll do art right along with you. What's their favorite music? What are their likes? What are their dislikes? I do a very detailed consult and assessment to find out the best way to create a perfect care plan just for them and their individual needs.

So what can we do from here? What happens this next year? The long-term solution, in other words, maybe to recognize that something should have been done a long time ago, we should have had a plan in place. But there's nothing we can do about that now, it's time to move ahead. The elderly are no more or less human than they were in their twenties. They're not a burden. Whatever system that we build from the ruins of this moment ought to be as inclusive as the experience of old age in itself. I think this pandemic is going to change the senior industry indefinitely and I really do think it's going to be for the better. There's always room for improvement, there's always room for opportunity and education and growth. So I look forward to talking with you all again next week. Thank you for tuning in and have a great week, bye bye.