Coronavirus has become a top concern for everyone, and it’s especially worrisome for seniors. Advanced age is a risk factor for complications from the virus. People who have underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, are also at higher risk. All these conditions are more likely to occur in older people. How can you reduce your elderly loved one’s risk of contracting coronavirus?
Purchase Items that Make It Easier to Remain Healthy
Using disinfectant wipes and sprays to clean commonly used areas and surfaces such as doorknobs would be useful. Hand sanitizer and hand soap are always a good idea. If possible, speak to a doctor about whether wearing disposable face masks and gloves when going out in public would help.
Discuss Safety Protocols
Talk with your parent about how the virus is spread, and encourage him or her to clean common areas with disinfectant wipes and stay away from people who are ill. Stress how important it is to wash hands often and thoroughly.
If your loved one needs help following healthy habits that can boost his or her immune system, a home caregiver can be a wonderful source of support. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of elderly home care. Mesa families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
Protect Your Loved One
If you feel ill or have been exposed to coronavirus, stay away from elderly at-risk people at all costs. As difficult as it is to not see your loved one, especially in times of crisis, safety should be the utmost concern. If in doubt about your infection status, stay away. If your loved one is in assisted living and rules have been put in place limiting visitors or barring them altogether, respect the temporary rules and remember they’re for the residents’ protection.
Encourage Social Distancing
Encourage your loved one to stay out of public places as much as possible. Also, explain the current recommendation to stay six feet away from other people when in public.
If possible, go to the store or pharmacy to pick up any items your loved one needs. Healthy younger people without underlying medical conditions may be at lower risk for developing serious complications from coronavirus and should be the ones running errands and visiting stores if at all possible. If you’re not healthy or able, consider having delivery services get the necessary items for your loved one.
To keep your loved one from having to go out, a home caregiver can run errands for him or her, including shopping for groceries and picking up prescriptions. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Encourage the Use of Technology
Being indoors for extended periods and not being able to socialize can be hard on anyone, especially the elderly. If your loved one has resisted learning technology, now is a great time to jump on the bandwagon. Video calling, emailing, and texting can make the world seem a little more friendly during this alarming time.
Consider Home Care
Assisted living can be a useful option for some seniors, but at this time, it may be a better choice to have your loved one live at home with the help of a home caregiver. A large number of people are present in assisted living facilities, so there’s a higher risk of exposure to coronavirus in these types of environments.
Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Mesa, AZ, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. If your loved one needs assistance with the challenges of aging, reach out to one of our knowledgeable, compassionate Care Managers today at (480) 699-4899.
With information surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it’s challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home. At Home Care Assistance, we understand how critical it is for seniors and their caregivers to protect against coronavirus as much as possible. All our team members have received detailed communication on infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands. Our caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people. For more information on how Home Care Assistance helps protect clients, click here: https://www.homecareassistancemesa.com/covid-19-home-care/.