Back to school for caregivers

06 August 2020

Back to school for caregivers

06 August 2020

Back to school is just around the corner, but in a context of COVID-19, what happens when you are a family caregiver at home noticing that outside contacts are multiplying? Here is our advice.

Back to School

The end of August reminds us that back to school – and fall – are not too far away. For some, this period is synonymous of renewal, but for some caregivers, it’s a source of stress. In this context, it is easy to overwork in an attempt to reconcile work, school, family, caregiving and time for yourself, not to mention the fear of contaminating your loved one.

While it is true that many people are going back to school, outside contacts will inevitably multiply. It is important to remain alert at all time and respect the established health measures.

Schools and Daycare Centres

Schools may become hot spots where the virus may spread. It is important to control what items come in our homes. Here are our recommendations:

  • Pick a space where you can leave items that travel between your home and the school environment.
  • Change clothes as soon as you get home. Bring spare clothes that have potentially not been in contact with the school environment.
  • Store school supplies. Find a space where you can leave backpacks, pencil cases, notebooks, etc. before disinfecting them when you need them. Most importantly, make sure that no one makes back-and-forth trips with household objects.
  • Carry a kit with essential items: mask, hand sanitizer, alcohol-based wipes, small airtight bags, etc.

Actively involve your children and teenagers in these sanitary processes by explaining the risks related to potential negligence. Of course, if a member of the family has flu-like symptoms, it is important to isolate them and dial, depending on your region, either 418 644-4545, 514 644-4545, 450 644-4545, 819 644-4545 or 1 877 644-4545 (toll free) elsewhere in Quebec. For the hearing impaired (TTY), you can contact 1 800 361-9596 (toll free).

We also wish to remind you of a few basic sanitary measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if you do not have access to water and soap 
  • Observe physical distancing of at least two meters between you and others
  • Greet others by avoiding physical contact, such as handshakes
  • Limit any non-essential travels
  • Wear a mask in enclosed public places

Take care of yourself

You should not neglect your mental and physical health. Here are a few tips and tricks to apply:

  • Do not be afraid to ask for help. It is impossible for a single person to do everything. Appointments, relatives visiting, your personal and professional life – All of these can become large mental burdens. Asking for help allows you to lighten your load a bit, which in turn will allow you to get back on your feet. You will create an environment of support around you.
  • Take time for yourself. Remember to listen to yourself and to do activities that make you feel good. It is by maintaining your quality of life that you can continue to improve the quality of those who are dear to you.
  • Extend the circle of care. Think about who could take over if you need assistance. Ask other family members, trustworthy friends or neighbours if they would be able to offer you support if you ever get sick or if you need to place yourself in voluntary quarantine.

Feeling uncertain? Contact us.

Our professional counsellors are there to help you find tailored information and support.

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