Coronavirus Safety Tips for Older Adults
Older adults are among the most vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic. So, you may naturally be worried if you care for an elderly parent or you are an older adult living independently at home. However, there are steps you can take to ensure your safety and wellness in this difficult time. In addition, Placita In Home Care will continue providing care to new and current clients in need. Our staff is taking extra precautions to social distance, practice good hygiene and sanitation, and protect the people we care for. With services including household chores, grocery shopping, and meal preparation, our team can help you or your elderly loved ones stay safe and well at home during this health crisis.
All seniors—including those who are not yet in need of in-home care and assistance—should keep the following guidelines in mind as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.
Limiting close personal contact is a critical step for preventing the spread of coronavirus. Thus, non-essential workers of all ages have been asked to stay home. Seniors are even more strongly encouraged to stay isolated at home, since they are more likely to experience more serious symptoms with COVID-19. If you do need to leave home for groceries and other necessities, look for stores offering special shopping hours for seniors at the beginning of the day. Hiring in-home care assistance can also help you stock your house with essential items and enjoy some safe companionship from a professional caregiver.
Limit Contact with Others (Including Family Members)
One of the greater challenges of this health crisis is that families may need to remain separated or at least avoid close personal contact with one another. For seniors with other significant health risks, it is best to avoid any physical interactions with people outside of your household. Otherwise, remember to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, avoid any physical contact, and immediately disinfect any common surfaces after the person’s visit.
Wash Your Hands Often
The coronavirus can live on surfaces for days or even weeks, which is why regular sanitation is critical. You’ll also want to make sure you are washing your hands very frequently to limit contamination from various surfaces. Especially before you eat, drink, or touch your face, wash your hands for a minimum of 30 seconds.
Don’t Skip Essential Medical Care
While you should make an effort to stay home, you also should not neglect medical care when you need it. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as a dry cough or fever, or you have any other health issues presenting symptoms, you should call your doctor for help. Your physician may suggest a telemedicine visit prior to an in-person checkup or a trip to the ER. You should not delay medical care for fear of contracting coronavirus or burdening the healthcare system. If you’re sick, get help. In addition, you might reach out for mental healthcare as well, since stress and anxiety in isolation are common. Many mental health professionals are offering counseling services online or over the phone, so you can still get the care you need.
If you need any guidance navigating the COVID-19 outbreak or seeking in-home care for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to call Placita In Home Care. You can reach us at (520) 221-2083 in Tucson.