Some people think coronavirus is just a type of flu, but the reality is it can be quite dangerous. This respiratory virus can cause severe infection and inflammation, particularly in the older members of the population, so avoidance is very important. However, reducing your senior loved one’s chance of getting coronavirus doesn’t need to involve wearing a hazmat suit and spraying every surface of his or her home with disinfectant. There are some simple ways to lower your loved one’s coronavirus risk.
Stay at Home
The most effective way of preventing coronavirus is also one of the easiest. When seniors stay at home, they’re less likely to come into contact with someone who has the virus. Therefore, you should do everything you can to help your loved one stay at home. Assisted living is an option, but being in a crowded environment may increase the risk of coming into contact with someone carrying the virus. Consider hiring a caregiver to help with running errands and doing basic tasks if your loved one has difficulty caring for him or herself, and help him or her find ways to stay entertained at home.
To keep your loved one from having to go out, a home caregiver can run errands for him or her, including shopping for groceries and picking up prescriptions. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Change How You Cough
Ideally, no one who’s coughing or sneezing should be around your loved one, but that’s not always possible. If you do have these symptoms, switch from covering your mouth with your hand when you cough to coughing into the crook of your elbow or a tissue to keep coronavirus particles from getting on your hands, where they can easily be spread around.
Address Any Chronic Health Conditions Now
Coronavirus can be particularly dangerous for seniors who have untreated health problems. Therefore, it’s important to follow the doctor’s instructions and give your loved one his or her medication on time. Taking medication properly can help your loved one stay healthy enough to avoid having to go to a hospital or assisted living facility, where he or she may be more likely to catch the virus. It also ensures that if your loved one does get sick, his or her body can focus on fighting the disease.
If your loved one needs help following healthy habits that boost his or her immune system, a home caregiver can be a wonderful source of support. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of senior care. Prescott families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
Minimize Physical Contact
Most people don’t realize how often they hug or kiss other people, brush shoulders with others, or hold hands with loved ones, and all these casual gestures have the potential to spread the virus. It can take a bit of time to change your habits, but you need to try to avoid touching your loved one as much as possible. Of course, you may need to touch him or her occasionally to assist with dressing, feeding, and other essential tasks, but attempt to stay six feet apart when you can.
Wash Your Hands More Often
Coronavirus is often spread by touching a contaminated surface and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. However, you can get rid of particles by making sure you and your loved one wash your hands regularly. Wash your hands after sneezing or coughing, going to public spaces, and touching money as well as before touching your loved one and prior to preparing or serving food.
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Prescott, AZ, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. Schedule a free in-home consultation by giving us a call today at (928) 771-0105.
With information surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it’s challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home. At Home Care Assistance, we understand how critical it is for seniors and their caregivers to protect against coronavirus as much as possible. All our team members have received detailed communication on infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands. Our caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people. For more information on how Home Care Assistance helps protect clients, click here: https://homecareassistance.com/covid-19.