The end is now in sight. How that will play out for future recurrences or a second wave has yet to be seen. Does this mean that all three ‘posts’ need to be a thing of the past? Not at all. The occurrence of the common cold, and regular flu has also been reduced throughout this process of self-distancing. When I’m at the park, people give each other wide berth, and one was heard to tell “I think this is something that is going to be part of my future”

And why not? Should we give up all these safe practices once we are once again free to carry on business as usual? Why would we? Are we once again going to grocery shop sick, coughing over the deli counter recounting to your friend at the same counter, that you’ve never been so sick in your life! As you cough once more without covering your mouth?

For ourselves, our employees and our families, these safe practices must continue to be in place:

Self quarantine if you have a bad cold and cough. Do not go outdoors where you can be in contact with others. Take the most contagious period of your cold, cough or fever, and stay indoors – at home!

Self isolate if you or a family member may be sick. Be cautious when outdoors that you maintain distance. Self-isolate is not the same as quarantine.

Self distance if you believe you may still be contagious. Self distance to protect yourself and your loved ones. Self distance simply to provide a better level of health for all!

Senior Care Victoria wants to encourage you to connect with your elderly family members, friends or acquaintances during this difficult and isolating time. Although face to face isn’t possible, there are different ways to connect  such as  calling them on the phone, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Zoom.  Our seniors in independent living, assisted living and care homes are the most isolated of all and are feeling the hit the hardest. One 89 year old senior of Dutch decent remarked when called by his daughter “I had the best day, not just a few phone calls but one from my friend Bert that sometimes takes me to Church.  He had the old Dutch hymn book from when we were kids, and we sang Dutch hymns together for a long time.  It was wonderful!  …. As he launches off into one of the hymns which he knows all the words by heart”  This is what reaching out to seniors is about.  We need to reach out further than our curbs, our back yards, our parks and community to think of those truly shut in.  These are the most vulnerable and it brings new meaning to the term ‘they died from loneliness’.  Reach out to someone today.  Remember an old relative whose heart will be filled with joy and given a reason to live on.  Believe me, we’ve heard many a senior say ‘I’m ready to go’.  They lived through a war, and a depression, and for many they are saying it’s the worst thing that has happened since that time. Take one person and make them your daily contact – tell them you are thinking about them, praying for strength for them or there for them to call you and talk to.