During the coronavirus pandemic, it can be tougher to take care of your elderly loved one. Since you can’t go and visit them to see how they are doing, the first thing you may want to do is hire senior care providers to do this for you. Elderly adults are more prone to becoming severely ill if they get the coronavirus. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still ensure they get the care that they need.
Encourage Regular Hand Washing
If your elderly loved one has senior care aides who help them out, have those caregivers encourage your elderly loved one to regularly wash their hands. This is one of the best ways that your elderly loved one can reduce their risk of contracting the coronavirus.
Making a Plan
If your elderly loved one feels they need to go out of the house to get groceries, medications, or other things they need, this can increase their risk of getting the coronavirus. If you want to help lower your elderly loved one’s risk of getting this virus, you need to help them make a plan. If they have senior care aides, you can ask the caregivers to pick up their medications, groceries, and other necessities. This way your eldelry loved one doesn’t have to go out into public during this pandemic. Keeping them home as much as possible is the best option right now.
Attending Doctor’s Appointments
You might be wondering how to keep your elderly loved one safe if they have doctor’s appointments during the coronavirus pandemic. Many doctors are having their patients reschedule their appointments if they aren’t necessary at this time. For instance, if your elderly loved one just needs an annual wellness check up and they aren’t having any symptoms, this might be an appointment that can be rescheduled. If your elderly loved one’s doctor’s appointments are necessary right now, just be sure they wear a mask and keep their distance from people, as much as possible, when they go out.
During the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever for your elderly loved one to socialize with family members and friends. They need to make sure to talk on the phone or through video chat with family members and friends. This is going to help improve or at least maintain their mental health during the pandemic. In addition, having continued phone calls is going to help reduce the need for your loved one to leave the house – lowering their risk of contracting the coronavirus.
These are some of the ways that you can still make sure your elderly loved one gets the care they need while reducing their risk of getting the coronavirus.