Although the COVID-19 lockdown has been lifted or is being lifted in parts of the country, it is undeniable that the virus is still a threat, particularly for elderly individuals who are most vulnerable. As a family member or caregiver, it is critical for you to know and understand how important it is to protect your loved ones from the threat of COVID-19 as places begin to open back up. Here’s how:
- Remind Older Adults to Stay at Home
Going out for a good walk is one way to keep physically healthy. However, it is not safe for seniors to be in crowded places while the virus is still a threat. Remind your aging loved one to stay at home as much as possible, even if they are seeing many other people out and about. Help your loved one get out for fresh air, exercise and a change of scenery in a safe way. Continue to help with grocery shopping or picking up medication.
- Postpone Non-Critical Doctor Visits
If your aging loved one is feeling well, consider postponing elective procedures, checkups, and other non-essential health care visits. If your loved one has chronic health concerns, help them stay in touch with their health providers by asking if they offer telehealth visits. This helps your loved one avoid visits to health care facilities.
- Disinfect Surfaces
Clean frequently touched surfaces in your loved one’s home often, including light switches, door knobs, and mobility and medical equipment like walkers and handrails.
- Continue Hand Hygiene
Everybody should wash hands before eating, after using the restroom, and as soon as coming home from any outing. Hand washing is the number one defense of infectious diseases like COVID-19. You and your aging loved one should stay vigilant with hand hygiene.
- Consider Home Health Care
Many seniors have received quality health care from the comfort of their home. Home health care agencies can help your loved one with things like skilled nursing, wound care, and dementia care. But they also offer safe companion care, check-ins, meal preparation and assistance with daily living and errands. Make sure to ask and understand what home health care providers are doing to maintain health and safety in light of COVID-19. A reputable agency should be monitoring temperatures of all staff, using personal protective equipment, and practicing extreme hygiene and disinfection procedures.
If your senior loved one could benefit from home health care, personal care, or dementia care, rest assured that they will be given the highest quality care and attention by our dedicated professional caregivers while ensuring health and safety first. Dimensions Home Health Care is a provider of home nursing services in Gurnee, Illinois and surrounding areas. Give us a call to learn more.