These rules go for both you and your senior, especially if you live in the same home together. The coronavirus that leads to COVID-19 is highly contagious and it requires that people are vigilant about following these steps.
Stay at Home Unless You Have to Go Out
One of the most important rules to follow is that you and your senior should each stay at home unless you absolutely have to go out. That means that essential trips like picking up groceries are okay, as long as you’re following some safety rules. Unnecessary trips, like going window shopping, really aren’t a good idea right now. Most stores are going to be closed and you don’t want to run the risk of being around a lot of people accidentally.
Practice Social Distancing in Public
Social distancing has been recommended from the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic because it’s crucial. The virus can pass easily from one person to another via respiratory droplets. That means that breathing, speaking, coughing, and sneezing can all cause respiratory droplets, and therefore any virus particles, to transmit to another person. Remaining at least six feet away from other people can help to reduce the risk of picking up virus particles.
Wear a Cloth Face Mask if You Have to Go Out
If you or your senior are leaving the house to go on a necessary errand run, it’s important to wear a cloth face mask of some kind. Masks are an added layer of precaution, although the CDC advises that they are not a guaranteed solution for avoiding infection. When you or your senior are wearing a cloth face mask, avoid touching your face and make sure not to remove the mask until you get home. Once home, carefully remove the mask, drop it in the washing machine right away and immediately wash your hands. Do not touch your face with hands that have touched other items out in public.
Keep Washing Your Hands
That initial advice about washing your hands frequently is still good, too. You and your senior should each be washing your hands thoroughly multiple times per day. Use soap, water, and scrub for at least twenty seconds for best results.
It’s also vital to keep your senior’s home clean and disinfected right now. If you don’t live with her, that might be more difficult than you expect it to be. Home care providers can help, though. They can make sure that your elderly family member’s home is disinfected regularly and that she’s not exposed to potentially harmful germs.