There’s a lot we don’t know about COVID-19 still, but one thing we DO know is that there are certain age groups who are more vulnerable, and seniors are at the top of that list. If you are a caregiver or just a concerned senior, this article will help keep you as safe as possible as we continue to drill down on ridding the world of coronavirus!
Here are some tips for safety and guidelines of best practices issued by the CDC, especially seniors and their caregivers:
Stay Home. Other than doctor appointments, seniors need to stay home as much as possible. Groceries can be delivered, along with many other essential items seniors may need. If you’re a caregiver, consider helping to set up these delivery services for your loved one. Until we are completely through the current pandemic, seniors should avoid any travel or gathering in groups.
Get Outside Some. Even though you’re staying home, it’s still important to get some sun each day and a little fresh air! Vitamin D will help your body’s immune system stay strong. Just avoid being around other people while taking walks outside.
Practice Social Distancing Measures. Whether you live in assisted living, nursing home, or even with other family members, it’s critical to avoid being too close to other people. Keep a distance of at least six feet between you and others and avoid shaking hands or hugging. Of course, these rules must be lifted for caregivers who are providing essential care. In this case, the caregivers need to take precautions by using masks and gloves.
Wash Your Hands A Lot! It doesn’t matter how old you are for this rule to apply. Hand hygiene is one of the best ways to stay safe. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm soap and water. Don’t want to count to 20 while you wash? Sing Happy Birthday twice through and you’re golden!
Keep Your Surroundings Clean and Disinfected. This applies mostly to surfaces that are touched often—remote controls, light switches, doorknobs, kitchen counters, etc. Most normal cleaning products will get the job done, but if you can’t find any, you can make a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol (the normal bottles of alcohol you see in stores) and 30% water. You can also use alcohol mixed with gels like aloe vera to make your own hand sanitizer.
Wear a Mask if You Must Go Out. This is super important for groups of people such as seniors, who are more vulnerable. If you can’t get a mask due to short supplies, simply make one of your own with a scarf or bandana. Placing a coffee filter inside as an added layer of protection is also a good idea. If you have any difficulty breathing or suffer from respiratory problems, you should not wear a mask. Please check the CDC website to find out their guidelines on using and making face masks.
Pay Attention to Your Mental Health. Times like these can be stressful and scary. For people who already feel vulnerable, it can be downright frightening. What is important to keep in mind is to take care of mental and emotional health as much as you would anything else. Limit news consumption and don’t stay saturated with reports about COVID-19. Engage in meditation practices and utilize technology by having Skype or other video calls to stay connected to your loved ones.
As we continue to work on flattening the coronavirus curve, we all have to do our part. For even more tips on staying healthy during the current pandemic, please reach out to contact us today. We are here to help!
Home Helpers of Barrington is a locally-owned, trusted home health care agency and offers quality, compassionate senior in-home care services including 24-hour care, live-in care, home care assistance, personal care, companion care, respite care, Alzheimer's & dementia care, Parkinson's care as well as homemaker services in Barrington, Lake Bluff, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Wauconda, Fox River Grove, Hawthorn Woods, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, Inverness, Carpentersville, Kildeer, Cary, Lake Zurich, Deer Park, Prospect Heights, Grayslake, and Long Grove, Illinois.
This blog provides general information and discussions about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other healthcare workers.
Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
The views expressed on this blog and website have no relation to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other institution with which may have been mentioned or linked to in the article.