As the coronavirus has become a global pandemic, people of all ages and groups are suffering worldwide. However, people who are over 60, particularly 80, are the most vulnerable to this fatal infection.
According to some medical experts, if COVID-19 infects someone over 60, he/she has a high possibility of having a life-threatening disease, even if they are in good health.
It’s because our immune system tends to become weak as we grow old. While senior citizens under treatment aren’t out of danger, people with stable health should also take some extra precautions.
This article looks into some of the steps you must follow to protect a senior citizen during the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Follow The Guideline When Visit Them.
If you have any senior relatives in old care homes, you may want to visit them. While it’s forbidden in some states due to coronavirus, some care homes may give you permission to meet them. However, try not to meet them physically for the sake of their safety.
If you need to meet them, follow specific guidelines. Maintain at least 3 ft of distance when meeting them, no hugging and no kissing. It may sound sad, but it’s for the greater good.
As it will be difficult for them to go out and buy their necessary things, you can purchase it and give it to them. Don’t forget to purchase nutritional foods, supplements, medicines, and other essentials that might be useful to them during this time.
2. Beware of Social Distance and Act Accordingly.
Even if you’re healthy and don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19, there’s a high possibility that you’re a carrier of this deadly virus. That’s why you must learn about social distancing and educate your elders about it.
To keep everyone safe during this situation, maintain regular contact with your senior relatives via social media, such as Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, etc.
3. Be Careful With Home Health Aides.
In the USA, many elderly people are living with their families instead of a nursing home. A home care workforce is treating them.
Although it’s a great initiative by the government, chances are your senior family member will get infected by one of those caregivers.
If you have a caregiver at your home taking care of your family members, make sure they don’t carry this deadly virus. Discuss with them about their hygiene. Make sure they disinfect them properly before attending the patient.
4. Cancel Non-Essential Doctor’s Appointment.
Hospitals and doctor’s chambers have become one of the riskiest places from where you can get the virus. It’s highly recommended that you cancel all the doctor’s appointments of your senior family members as they are at high risk.
Instead of taking them to the doctor’s chamber, arrange a telemedicine session. You can also gather medicines for at least 2-3 months after discussing it with the doctor.
Also, if they have any physiotherapy session, try to make them exercise at home using some videos as a tutorial.
5. Keep Them Active.
Social distance due to the pandemic can affect the routine, which is particularly dangerous for older adults. They require proper sleep, healthy foods, and exercise to stay healthy, and obviously to survive.
When they are staying home with you, make sure they get proper food, medicine, and plenty of rest. Take care of them while maintaining the social distance.
Also, there’s a possibility that they will suffer from some mental health conditions due to the global pandemic. It’s crucial to keep them happy and tension-free while maintaining all the precautions.
COVID-19 is taking a toll on our lives, creating a massive mess to our day-to-day life. While young people are ready to fight against it by maintaining the rules, older adults are facing troubles due to their inabilities.
You should take proper care of them while preparing yourself to survive during this massacre. Be kind to them as they are the reasons you’re enjoying this world now.