COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted all of us in many ways. Whether it be economic woes caused by permanent job loss or temporary furlough, inability to visit family members, spending less time with our friends, or visiting our favorite restaurant, we have all been affected in one way or another.
Results of a National Poll of 2,000 adults aged 50 to 80, conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, 56% said they felt isolated from others, double the 27% in 2018. According to John Piette, Ph.D , professor at UM, “as the pandemic continues, it will be critical to pay attention to how well we as a society support the social and emotional needs of older adults.” Nearly 75% of those polled said their mental health was fair or poor, and they felt isolated. The use of technology to connect appears to be a double-edged sword, with those who use social media and video chat being more likely to say they felt isolated.
Our fully staffed senior daycare offers a variety of activities, games, exercise and social interaction in a home setting, staffed by qualified caregivers, nurses, and therapists. Transportation is also provided, and clients can choose the number of hours per week through our flexible scheduling format. Interested families can take a tour and meet the staff. The daycare is open 5 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., allowing clients to interact, engage, and participate in fun activities, while providing respite for their families.
Telespond typically serves individuals 60 and over including, but not exclusive to the following: Individuals who are physically or cognitively impaired and unable to perform their activities of daily living (ADL’s) independently, those with chronic health issues that require medical supervision, and adults newly discharged from hospitals rehabilitation centers, or home health.
We provide the services that allow families to keep their beloved, elderly relatives in the comfort of their homes for extended periods, thus delaying or avoiding placement in more costly alternatives such as retirement homes.
It is incumbent upon us to help our seniors connect and engage throughout this public health crisis and beyond. We owe it to them!