What impact have lockdowns had on the mental health of older adults?
My brother is too young to be in a nursing facility. He’s just 62. Sadly, he has some health issues, and a fall on his way to a dialysis center where he broke his back has left him in one for the rest of his life. For him, the lockdown was a challenge to adapt to, but he was finally getting his mind around it.
Today, the institution’s social worker called, informing me that the Department of Health has issued new legislation requiring patients who leave the facility for treatments such as dialysis or wound care to be isolated when they return. This law will take effect tomorrow. So my brother will be imprisoned in his room with a new roommate and unable to leave.
I’m not sure whether this means they’ll stop his physical treatment or not. How will they keep him moving and gaining strength if he isn’t allowed to leave his room? Those rooms are small. I’m sure my brother has been taking the double dosage of antidepressants since the lockout, which I feel is why he has found a way to cope with anything.
Can you imagine being confined to a single room with a stranger 24 hours a day, seven days a week for an unknown amount of time? Only to leave your room three times a week to be hooked up to a dialysis machine for four hours before returning to your room. He’s now like a prisoner in a cell.