As the coronavirus crisis continues deep into 2020, things are looking dire for many organizations and individuals. On a corporate level, revenue losses are mounting and companies are making huge personnel and spending cuts to stay afloat. Even government workers aren’t protected from pandemic fallout, as the Washington Post shows in their data on state and local governments which are scrambling to redo their budgets in an attempt to maintain services and jobs, although unemployment is mounting across the board. Most of all, individuals are struggling to make ends meet, especially for those who have lost jobs or been furloughed. With the $2.2 Trillion CARES Act losing funding July 31 and no extension in sight, tens of millions of american families will lose this extra but vital portion of unemployment aid.
Aiding Families supporting disabled loved ones
Even those who still have jobs have dealt with increased responsibilities at work while dealing with pay cuts due to deficits and layoffs. It’s no surprise that people are suffering during these tumultuous times, financially and otherwise. But as hard as it is to pay one’s own way right now, it’s even more difficult for those supporting loved ones and family members who make no income at all. Those acting as caregivers or at least financially supporting a homebound loved one have to worry about affording their own necessities along with the services and types of care that make everyday living possible for their loved ones.
Funding essential services
For the disabled and homebound, groceries and a roof over their head aren’t the only necessities that matter. Multiple professionals may be involved in helping a disabled person function day-to-day. Certified Nurses Assistants (CNAs), medical assistants, Home Health Assistants (HHA) and non-certified aids are all vital to helping people function and thrive when they’re confined to their bed or home. But being able to afford specialized home and personal care from any type of professional isn’t optional; it’s the only way countless Americans are able to get out of bed, get dressed, eat, and live their lives every day. On top of their own costs of living, families with disabled loved ones must find a way to pay for home care for their loved ones. These services aren’t inexpensive, and many receivers of such care and their loved ones are struggling to keep up financially, especially considering the current climate.
Helping nonprofits continue their missions
Even as individuals, families and communities are calling on nonprofits for assistance now more than ever, the foundations providing help are themselves dangerously low on funds. Betsy Morris of the Wall Street Journal highlights this fact in her article, speaking about one particular nonprofit that has “been forced to cancel two of its three fundraising events: a spring luncheon and a 15-year anniversary celebration in May. Its Blue Jean gala in October is up in the air. Together the three events would have funded between a third and half the charity’s $600,000 annual operating budget; some of its donors are hurting, too.” Corporate donors are another large source of revenue for nonprofit organizations, but corporations are having to consider laying off employees, so nonprofit giving is often the first thing to go when cutting spending.
Please Donate today
It’s clear that very few if any are going through the current situation unaffected. But how can you or your company help in a meaningful and effective way? It’s hard to know who to help these days since so many people are in need, but you can certainly do your part by donating to a vetted nonprofit that has the tools and operations in place to really aid those who need it. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help right now, do what you can by donating to the Live Care Foundation today. We’ll ensure that every penny goes towards helping disabled persons afford the essential services they need.
How to Help Elderly Loved Ones During the Pandemic
Across the board, it’s been a difficult time for everyone. Most people have someone in their lives who may be older and/or more vulnerable during this pandemic. So whether you have elderly parents you want to help or a family member who lives on their own and may need some assistance, here are some simple ways to offer support, help and protection without adding to their risk of exposure. It’s at times like these where we must find ways to work together to create positive outcomes for everyone. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Meeting basic needs
Depending on your loved one’s situation, they may or may not be able to take care of their activities of daily living (ADL) and the related care to help them achieve it. ADL include:
With your loved one getting the continued help they need, it will be easier for them to focus on staying healthy and happy, despite the recent hardships. So while healthcare should continue to be a priority, you can go forward with caution and security.
Bolstering mental health
Aside from unemployment and a high hospitalization rate, one of the hardest things hitting the country right now is a toll on mental health. Social interaction is hard to come by, especially if one is elderly and confined to their home for their own physical safety. However, social distancing measures don’t necessarily mean that no social interaction can occur. Brainstorm how to utilize today’s modern technology to help your loved one feel connected and supported during a time of intense physical isolation.
Host a virtual family game night and do the work to troubleshoot your loved one’s technological questions and needs. Set them up with a reliable video chatting service to host book clubs, family meet-ups and more. Call them frequently to check in or just to chat and see how their day is going. Kill two birds with one stone by occupying your children with letter-writing to an elderly friend or family member. This consistent communication will help them feel like someone cares about them, even if they can’t see people in person.
If you’ve been strictly isolating, you may also find occasional, well-planned in-person visits to be helpful. Do what you can to keep their spirits up. According to Verywellmind.com, going as far as to limit the time they spend watching the news could even be helpful in more ways than one.
Harnessing community resources
Although many community services have been suspended or postponed during the pandemic, several helpful programs still are functioning. Volunteers can do many helpful things from running errands to providing help with any instrumental activities of daily living, such as dropping off groceries, helping to manage finances, or ensuring your loved one is taking their medication properly.
Meals on Wheels and other programs are still dedicated to providing nourishment to seniors and the homebound, even during this complicated time. For a more complete list of resources for the elderly living alone, check out this list at AgingInPlace.com.
Ensuring proper monitoring
Although many people feel like this would be the worst time to be in a doctor’s office, it’s actually vital to stay on top of chronic health conditions. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other issues don’t just stop causing problems because there’s a pandemic. Encourage your loved ones to see their doctor for such conditions, at the urging of experts like Hopkinsmedicine.org. Like any medical facility, it will be disinfected and spaced out to ensure patient safety.
If you’re struggling to cover the costs of home care or added expenses of caring for your loved ones during the pandemic, see if you qualify for a grant from Live Care, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people shoulder the financial burden of extended care. Learn more today at livecaregrants.org.