Monitoring Health During COVID-19

While COVID-19 has obvious physical implications for the elderly, it’s crucial to remember it also affects mental health. Quarantine and self-isolation can pose problems for those with disabilities, live in senior communities, and existing health conditions.

Who’s At Risk?

Older adults with underlying medical conditions are not only susceptible to COVID-19 but depression and anxiety as well. Symptoms of depression can be mistaken for typical signs of aging or overlooked by medical professionals treating preexisting conditions.

Anyone with a history of substance abuse is also more likely to experience mental health problems. Social isolation from family and friends, particularly for those in assisted living and nursing facilities, can exacerbate feelings of loneliness.

Symptoms of Depression And Anxiety In The Elderly

Symptoms of anxiety and depression in the elderly can be confused by an underlying medical condition. Watch out for behaviors like:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Low energy
  • Changes in sleep
  • Headaches, stomachaches, or digestive problems
  • Helplessness or hopelessness
  • Fear for one’s life, lack of medical attention, or services

How To Support Those Struggling With Mental Health

Family and friends

Regularly check in with your loved ones. If their assisted living facility is not open for visits, set up a schedule to call, text, email, or video chat with them. Providing reassurance, proactive planning, ensuring they have medical supplies will help keep your loved one’s mind at ease.

Healthcare providers

Help patients and clients connect with their family and friends. Work with them and their family to set up calls or video chats. Ensure there are procedures in place in the event of severe emotional distress. Reactive strategies will not help reduce distress in the long run. Meet with residents and patients to discuss reaching out for support. Asking for help takes courage.

Embassy Healthcare wants to ensure the physical and mental well-being of all our residents. Call 888-975-1379 or contact us online to learn more about our assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.