As we move forward in this time of the pandemic, staying the course while remaining emotionally/spiritually healthy as family caregivers can be quite challenging. Caregivers may worry about the possibility of endangering their loved ones’ health and their own health as they try to interact safely in the public arena. Barry Jacobs, a clinical psychologist, writes in his article for AARP website that caregivers can take several steps to reduce their stress during the pandemic. These steps include monitoring one’s temperament, shifting one’s mindset and activities, and reaching out to positive-minded friends. In addition to Jacobs’ tips, AARP website provides updated coronavirus information for family caregivers. To view Jacobs’ article and/or the updated coronavirus information, go to https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/info-2020/staying-positive-during-crisis.html.
Brothers and Sisters of Holy Cross Parish,
Bishop Olmsted has moved our parishes into Phase 1 of Rising with Christ: The Plan for Restoring Parish Life which allows for parishes to begin to celebrate public Masses. Parishes are required to follow specific guidelines for maintaining the 6 feet social distancing during Mass and have sanitizing measures in place.
We have started the weekly morning Masses. We will be live-streaming Mass on Saturday at 4:00pm and Masses on Sunday, at 8:00am, 11:00am, and a Spanish Mass at 2:00pm. Distribution of Holy Communion will be offered at the entrances of the church for 1 hour after the conclusion of each Mass.READ MORE
At any point, we can become caregivers, often taking us by surprise as we notice our loved ones beginning to decline. How do we know when it is time to step in as a caregiver? According to Nathaniel Brengle from Strategic Communications, there are several signs that we can observe: a large amount of unopened mail, bills that have not been paid, spoiled food on kitchen counters and in the refrigerator, stacks of dirty dishes and dirty laundry, excessive clutter all around, empty or near empty cupboards, decline in personal hygiene, confusion and/or forgetfulness and mood changes. If we should observe some or all of these indicators, what is our next step? The next step is to communicate with our loved ones about our concerns. This can be difficult and tricky. A good resource for starting the process is AARP’s website which includes a section written by Susan Johnson on how to get our loved ones on board. To access this information, go to www.aarp.org/caregiving/basics/info-2017/your-loved-ones-next-move.html.