During this stressful time dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic, a variety of moods can creep in even when you are typically happy and well cared for. At The Views Senior Living we are noticing different moods and feelings that we do not normally see. Every person young and old has been affected by isolation in one way or another during this pandemic. If not addressed, depression can start to set in due to lack of socialization, decrease in movement & exercise, or diminished sense of accomplishment.
Covid-19 guidelines ask people to stay in place and separate themselves as much as possible from other to decrease their chances of contracting the virus. If you are in quarantine or are distancing yourself, it is important that you are still staying as active as possible, so your body moves and that you keep your mind active. If you sit at home watching television or lay on the couch or bed and are not active, depression can set in quicker and it will be harder to keep motivated and energetic.
Signs and symptoms of depression may last for 2 weeks or more, occurring nearly every day, and may include:
A depressed mood lasting most of the day (feeling sad, empty, hopeless, or on the verge of tears)
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed
Weight loss (even when not on a diet) or experiencing weight gain. This can be accompanied by decreases or increases in appetite
Difficulty sleeping or being overly tired
Restlessness or feeling slowed down
Fatigue or loss of energy
Feeling worthless or guilty
A lack of concentration or difficulty with decision making
Thoughts of death or suicide
At the Views Senior Living, we are continually doing activities with residents while following the CDC’s social distancing recommendations. We are keeping everyone’s mind active by encouraging involvement in crossword puzzles, word searches, card games, and more. The View’s staff spend time regularly going into resident’s rooms not just to provide care but also to socialize with them, so no one feels that they are by themselves.
We would like to encourage families to like our Facebook page so you can see the activities that we are doing regularly. Contact The Views staff so that they can pass along messages via email or scheduled a phone call/Facetime or Skype. The more the residents can see and feel reassured in communication with their family members and the community the less likely they will feel isolated.
Stay safe and thank you for sending us positive thoughts during this challenging time.