Neighborhood House Provides Refuge... from Sheltering in Place

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Jul 20, 2021

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Lifestyle changes related toCOVID-19 transmission have hada broader impact on older adultsthan is reflected in current hospitalization and mortality numbers.
The abrupt shift to social distancing, required to minimize exposureto a disease that puts them at highrisk, has discounted the destructiveimpact of social isolation and/or thedisruption of daily routines on healthand wellness.
Older adults are frequently challenged by chronic conditions, andtheir health can be more influencedby what they do in their daily livesthan by medical interventions.
Sheltering in place - includingthe removal of formal and informal supports previously availableevery day - may lead to health risksunrelated to the pandemic. Changes
in regular diet or physical exercisecan negatively impact heart conditions or lead to increased weakness,frailty, and falls. Social isolation canincrease depression and anxiety. The
lack of cognitive stimulation frommultiple activities can acceleratecognitive decline.
Being at home with dependentadults for months at a time may behard on family caregivers too. Someare homeschooling children. Othershave had to relinquish employmentor school to provide care to lovedones. Many more have had to foregomuch needed respite - offered byday programs, senior centers, andmore costly long-term care facilitiesto offset the cumulative stress ofcaregiver burden.
Neighborhood House Adult DayServices offers affordable day careand support to aging and disabledadults on a sliding scale fee and infull compliance with state and federal health guidelines. It remains opento families in need of respite andoffers quality day programming foraging and disabled adults sheltering in place at home. The program
utilizes recreational and horticultural therapy to address the social,emotional, physical, and cognitivefunctions of participants. Experienced staff lead activities, andperson-centered therapy plans aredeveloped and regularly evaluated.Additionally, the center offers medication management and nutritiousmeals three times a day.
To learn more about NeighborhoodHouse, or to schedule a tour, visitwww.nhutah.org '1 Steinman, M.A., 2020, Meeting the Needsof Older Adults Isolated at Home During
the COVID-19 Pandemic, JAMA InternalMedicine, Vol.180 (6), 819-820
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Sarah Scott, MS, MBA. Sarah isthe Adult Program Director with Neighborhood House and may be reached at: 801-363-4589, Ext. 121 or by emailat Sarah@nhutah.org

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