Caretakers & Social Distancing

Being safe these days is the number one priority, especially with this pandemic going on. It’s easy to take a few steps to keep yourself safe when other people come into your house to help you with your daily tasks.

I have three people working with me. They help me with all my daily living activities. We all have to be safe and cautious. First off, we are always washing our hands for at least 20 seconds. That’s a given. In addition to that, we keep hand sanitizer in front of the door, so they can sanitize prior to walking into my house. Everyone has their mask on too. People who are attendants for others may need to keep their masks on the entire time, depending on the body and immune system of the person they are helping. Everyone is different. Wearing a mask is an easy thing to do to protect others so that no one gets sick.

As quarantine continues and we remain in isolation, it is hard knowing that you can’t spend time with friends. Unfortunately, the safest thing to do is to keep your travels to a minimum. For example, my caretakers do all the shopping for me. They also take out my garbage and do other external activities that would normally require me to go outside. As much as I would love to go into stores and go shopping and pick things out for myself, it is not worth the risk right now. So, I strongly suggest to everybody: stay home, stay safe and let the people around you take care of you, because you know that you would do the same for them.

One final thought: to help you through this tough time, take advantage of video calls. Call your friends and family. It helps you pass the time and keeps you positive. Stay safe out there!

About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.