Once I get vaccinated, when can I see my family again?
This is exactly the question that a lot of older individuals–especially those that have been living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities–are asking lately. Now that a couple different vaccines have been approved for emergency use in the U.S., this is a question that you’re likely to ask or be asked in the near future, too.
Doctors believe that the COVID-19 vaccine will help prevent transmission of the disease, but it doesn’t like it is going to do so perfectly. However, that doesn’t mean that the vaccine will not be helpful for people. And hopefully, life can start to go back to normal at some point in the near future.
Really, no one is really a hundred percent sure when life can resume as normal. A majority of educated guesses say that we’re probably about a year away still. It might be this long, it might be a shorter period of time, or it might be longer. It’s hard to stay with a high degree of certainty, especially because we are still in the early days of the COVID-19 vaccine and have not yet seen firsthand what the long term effectiveness is for the vaccine.
At least one of the vaccines that are currently approved for emergency use to help fight the COVID-19 virus is not designed to stop transmission of the illness, but rather to help the body ward it off. This means that the virus will still be contagious and even those that have had the vaccine can still get it. However, once someone has the vaccine, the symptoms of the virus will not be nearly as bad as if they had not had the vaccine. Ultimately, this doesn’t stop the virus or the spread of it, but it does help people that get it to stay healthier and avoid major health issues because of the virus.
Seniors that are eligible for the vaccine won’t see things change immediately, but they will be safer in the meantime. The sooner vaccines are administered, the sooner normalcy will return.
That’s one of the best parts about in-home care. Elderly folk that live at home with their loved ones do not need to worry as much about long term separation because they live with their loved ones and have been isolating with them all along. They are not experiencing the pangs of being distant like many others have. That’s not to say that in-home care is the best solution for everyone. For some seniors, it is not the best choice and isn’t even the safest choice. Each situation is a little bit different. If you have questions about the best type of care for a loved one, please speak with a doctor familiar with the situation before you make a final choice.
But if you’ve found that in-home care is right for your family, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to help you get started and connect you with the high quality professional care that you deserve.