Community Support During COVID-19

The Moppet Togs family is available to do whatever we can to support Treasure Valley families during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Be safe everyone.

Support your Older Family Members

The fact that coronavirus appears most deadly in older people and those with underlying medical conditions has been reassuring for some who are young and relatively healthy. But some have gone beyond reassurance and into dismissing coronavirus as unimportant because it “only” kills the old and sick.

Combating such narratives as a society is about reaffirming our commitment that every life is valuable. These are not just, oh, those people over there. These are our neighbors, these are people in our communities, these are people in our families.
And on an individual level, for people who are young and currently healthy, pushing back against ageism can be as simple as making a point to check in on older relatives, neighbors, and people in your community.
We need to be aware of the emotional needs of older adults.  Take some time to talk to our parents, extended family members or friends who may be self-isolating at home.
The National Council on Aging has some basic tips for helping older people during this time, including making sure they have plenty of food and medical supplies on hand, including anything needed for dialysis or wound care. If you are caring for older relatives, health officials also recommend identifying a backup caregiver who can step in if you get sick.
The CDC has recommended that people over 60 stay home if possible and avoid crowds, and officials note that if you are sick, you should not visit an older adult or someone with a chronic condition that puts them at risk. However, you can always check in on loved ones and community members with a call or FaceTime.
During the outbreak, we can still cultivate our support network online while maintaining social distancing in a physical sense.

Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19

Talk to Your Kids

Understanding Germs

When stress is heightened — which it is for all of us right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic — children become aware of it and they try to locate the source of the stress. It is important to both acknowledge their concerns and be open to discussing them.

Helping children to make sense of the consequences of COVID-19 and helping them to organize their thoughts and feelings is the best approach.

As a first step, ask your child what they know about COVID-19 or what they have heard about it. If they don’t seem too concerned, you do not need to have an in-depth conversation about it. You can simply reinforce the importance of handwashing and letting you know if they are feeling unwell.

However, if your child voices worry or concern about COVID-19, you can correct any misinformation and provide them with emotional support.

Information on COVID-19


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