I don't need to tell anyone what's going on right now, we are all perfectly aware of what's going on and nobody needs me pumping fear into the mix with scary language about deaths and misery. So I'll get right to the point, if you have a senior family member living with you, or in a large assisted living community, you should consider putting them in a small care home. Isolation was a major issue for seniors prior to this year, and this has only made things worse.
Commercials and television sell us workout mirrors, coffee machines that rival Starbucks and the like, and amazing Zoom/Work from home battle stations with ergonomic chairs and lighting. If you watch a couple hours of cable TV, you would almost think life has gotten easier without the ability to see people in the flesh. Seniors don't have that, they don't have PC's and video chats with the outside world that big brands will tell you is almost just as good as the real thing. I don't know why, things are more intuitive than ever, but there is no realistic situation where seniors can meet virtually and get the same benefits as dealing with people in the flesh.
Seniors need human interaction, and they are not being served by this "digital togetherness." Seniors need to talk to keep their language intact, they need to converse to keep their mental acuity, and they need to see their loved ones because they understand better than any of us that family is all you really have. If you are caring for a loved one at home, you have to drastically reduce your outside contact for their sake. If you have a family member in a large assisted living community, they have been alone in their rooms for nearly a year at this point. There is no BINGO night, there is no movie screenings, there are no church services for seniors to go to.
A small care home of RCFE has a limited number of residents and a small staff. Their exposure circle is limited, and residents have the ability to live as a group and reduce the crippling isolation many seniors face. This is not an attack on large communities, nobody expected something like this when they built these larger communities. They are doing the right thing by keeping their residents in their rooms, and I understand where they are coming from. But if it were my grandmother, I would seriously consider finding her somewhere she can live with other people, and not face months on end alone in her room.
I would love to help you do just that. Call Caring Connection and we can give you options for small care homes in the Placer and El Dorado County areas.