In his address to the United States, March 11, 2020, President Trump emphasized the importance of protecting older adults, who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus). In addition to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), Home Instead Senior Care Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate Lakelyn Hogan shares the following five practical ways family caregivers can help their loved ones prepare and reduce the risk of illness.
Ways family caregivers can help aging loved ones prepare for and reduce risk of Coronavirus
1. Ensure a senior has everything he or she needs to be home for a while, if necessary, such as food, water and medications.
2. Consider online grocery and other shopping, and home deliveries if supplies run short.
3. Encourage a senior to avoid unnecessary risks, such as crowded areas, and practice social distancing. Many doctor’s offices and insurance carriers have remote or telehealth options for obtaining medical advice without the need to leave home.
4. Make older adults aware of the CDC’s signs of the virus including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Seek medical attention if their symptoms worsen.
5. Make sure a family member or friend is checking on a loved one who may be isolated. Stay in touch by phone if you can’t be there.
“Offering support to older adults cannot only help protect them from the risks of illness, but also alleviate the anxiety they may be feeling during this unsettling time,” Hogan noted.
Julie Ann Soukoulis is the owner of Home Instead Senior care office in Rohnert Park, mother of two and passionate about healthy living at all ages. Having cared for her own two parents, she understands your struggles and aims, through her website, www.homeinstead.com/sonoma to educate and encourage seniors & caregivers. Have a caregiving or aging concern? She’d love to hear from you at 586-1516 anytime.