As the Arizona spring warms into summer, there’s no better time to enjoy the outdoors before scorching temperatures begin. With COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out, many seniors feel more empowered to leave the house again, knowing the shots help protect them from illness. For the first time, many grandparents can hug their grandkids without fearing a possibly life-threatening disease.
However, as exciting as the spring’s promise of beautiful weather and vaccines may be, it’s more important than ever to stay safe from COVID-19. With many people still unvaccinated, the CDC recommends that even fully vaccinated people continue to practice social distancing and mask-wearing in certain circumstances. Until it’s clear whether vaccinated people can still spread COVID-19, we all must continue to take steps to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Whether you’re vaccinated or not, there’s still plenty of ways to make the most of the springtime this year without putting your health at risk. At Generations Home Care, we remain dedicated to the health and safety of our patients and community. While we do our part to help our friends, neighbors, and businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic, there’s plenty we can do to celebrate the vaccine roll-outs safely!
Stick To The Official Guidelines
Before deciding the best way to make the most of the lovely weather, it’s wise to review the CDC’s recommendations for your particular group first. No matter your age, vulnerabilities, or vaccination status, there are certain rules that the CDC continues to recommend for everyone.
By now, we’re all probably familiar with the basics. Firstly, wear a mask in public when indoors or when social distancing is not possible. Whenever you can, keep six feet of distance between yourself and unmasked people who aren’t in your household. It’s generally safer to be outdoors or in a well-ventilated space, especially if social distancing isn’t possible. The CDC recommends that people practice these guidelines in public or around members of a different household.
If you’ve received the vaccine, the guidelines still apply when you’re in public or around strangers. However, the CDC has said that vaccinated people can spend time together indoors without masks or social distancing. This means that friends and family who have stayed apart while unvaccinated can safely get together again. At the end of the day, if you’re concerned about COVID-19, it’s better to err on the side of caution. And, of course, talk to your doctor to make a plan that works for you and your individual health needs. For a more in-depth breakdown of Arizona’s vaccine roll-out, read our blog post dedicated to that very subject.
Enjoy The Spring Weather Safely
Now that we know how to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 even after we’re vaccinated, there are plenty of fun activities to look forward to, whether you’re vaccinated or not! One of the best things about Arizona’s springtime is the gorgeous weather and more bearable temperatures. Since COVID-19 doesn’t circulate as effectively outside, there’s no better reason to enjoy some time in the sun.
Walk, hike, or bike. Getting exercise is a vital part of staying healthy and maintaining bone strength, but it’s also great for your mind. Try organizing a local hike with family or vaccinated friends. Or, take a bike ride around town for a more low-impact alternative.
Have a socially-distanced cookout. Whether you prefer backyard grilling or a gingham picnic cloth, there are lots of safe ways to have a meal with friends or family outside. Pack some healthy options, or maybe indulge a bit —after all, being vaccinated is a special occasion!
Visit with friends outside. Spending time with friends outdoors is a great way to see loved ones while staying safe. Set up some chairs at a distance and mask-up if distancing isn’t an option, and enjoy the spring sunlight together!
There are plenty of excellent ways to spend the time and mild weather this spring. As long as you keep in mind the CDC’s recommendations, the world is your oyster!
Stay Up To Date On Current Guidelines
One of the best things you can do this spring is staying informed about what national health organizations recommend for vaccinated people. As the situation with COVID-19 changes over time, the CDC guidelines will adapt in turn. This makes monitoring the latest updates and information crucial.
Luckily an in-home caregiver can help you stay totally up to date on all recommendations as we all get through this challenging but exciting time. A caregiver can be a great resource, whether you need someone to help with navigating websites for information on COVID-19, providing transportation to doctor’s visits or other engagements, and helping out with difficult or tiresome chores around the house. Caregivers provided essential services to home-bound seniors during the pandemic, and there’s even more they can offer as restrictions start to lift. If you’re thinking of hiring an in-home caregiver, we’d love to talk to you about all that Generations Home Care can offer.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.
Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.