Four Tips to Keep Mom Safe This Mother’s Day
As COVID-19 restrictions ease throughout Louisiana, you may be wondering how to best celebrate Mother’s Day in New Orleans while also keeping Mom and the rest of your family safe from accidents, injuries, or illnesses. Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys shares these four crucial tips for keeping Mom safe and healthy this Mother’s Day.
#1: Wear a Mask and Social Distance
The city of New Orleans is currently in a modified phase three of its reopening plan. This means that although most businesses are now able to open at 100% operating capacity, certain mitigation efforts are still required to contain the spread of COVID-19. For those who will be out and about this Mother’s Day in New Orleans, this means wearing a mask and practicing social distancing under the following circumstances:
- Required in all public spaces
- Required when around anyone outside of your household
- Not required when exercising outdoors or while actively eating and drinking
- All activities must include strict social distancing
- Businesses, residents, and visitors are responsible for maintaining six feet of distance between parties from different households
If your mom is more likely to become seriously ill from the coronavirus—that is, if she is over 65, has underlying health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, or is otherwise immunocompromised—her doctor may recommend staying away from gatherings with large numbers of people altogether.
#2: Be Safe When Visiting Mom at Her Nursing Home
Back in mid-March, Louisiana health officials finally opened up New Orleans nursing homes for indoor visits for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020. Visitation is still limited in parishes where COVID-19 positivity rates are higher than 10% or in nursing homes where less than 70% of residents are vaccinated. (Visitors, however, are not required to have been vaccinated)
If you’ll be spending some quality time with Mom in her nursing home this weekend, be sure to follow all proper precautions when visiting. Experts still recommend social distancing, wearing a mask, and holding visits outdoors whenever possible at nursing facilities.
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen Mom in person, now is a good time to check in with her about her living conditions and be on the lookout for signs of abuse and neglect. Significant increases in depression and anxiety, frequent slip and falls, weight loss, and unexplained injuries are possible signs that she isn’t getting the appropriate care.
#3: Drive Sober If You’re Celebrating with Alcohol
Mother’s Day should be all about what Mom wants—and sometimes what Mom wants is just to enjoy a few hours away from the kids with a glass of wine. If your Mother’s Day celebration involves heading out to dinner or to the Mother’s Day Market at Happy Raptor Distilling for food, art, and cocktails, be sure that you make transportation arrangements in advance to avoid the temptation of driving drunk. In addition, be sure to be on the lookout for signs of inebriated driving on the roadways and report any suspected drunk drivers to police.
#4: Avoid Pedestrian Injuries on Your Mother’s Day Outing
With a balmy high of 86 degrees expected this Mother’s Day, now’s the perfect time to take Mom on a walk (or bike ride) through one of New Orleans’ many parks and historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a stroll through Crescent Park for beautiful riverfront and downtown views, Bourbon Street for live music and Cajun eats, or Magazine Street for a well-deserved shopping trip.
Before you go, remember to follow these pedestrian safety tips to help prevent accidents with cars, bicyclists, or other pedestrians.
Injured on Mother’s Day in New Orleans?
If you, your mom, or a loved one is injured in New Orleans because of someone else’s negligence, whether in a car accident or because of a defective Mother’s Day gift, Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys can help.
Our legal team has remained committed to helping clients get the compensation they deserve following an injury during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us at one of the numbers below, submit the details of your case online, or talk with a representative using our LiveChat feature. Initial consultations are always free, and we don’t charge any fees unless we make a financial recovery on your behalf.
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