WHO TAKES CARE OF THE PArents and caregivers?
In this video, Dilley Councilwoman Alexandria Martinez-Inocencio describes caring for an adult with COVID-19. In an earlier video, journalist Breyana Segura describes the experience of a parent caring for an infant. Both cases ended with successful recoveries and the patients’ health intact. Still, both women touched on some of the unexpected emotional tolls of the experience.
Some caregivers will have more extreme experiences. Circumstances exacerbated by more severe symptoms, financial loss, the age of the patient, child care, personal health. Family and friends can provide some support, as Breyana Segura mentioned.
When that’s not enough, the Centers for Disease Control has published some useful phone numbers and tips: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services also posted these phone numbers and links:
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
Call 1-833-986-1919 toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Resources for Parents & Caregivers
- Help for Parents, Hope for Kids
- Texas Schools Mealfinder
- COVID-19 Tips for Caregivers
- Foster Family Resource Directory
- Free Online Training For Child Care Providers
- Parents Experiencing Stress over COVID-19
- Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at Home
- Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19
- Virtual Child Safety Tip Sheet for Educators
- While Your Child is in Our Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Guide for Parents