Since the beginning of March the CDC, WHO, and government agencies have emphasized the importance of protecting older adults, who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In addition to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), Family Smartcare Solutions shares the following five practical ways family caregivers can help their loved ones prepare and reduce the risk of illness.
5 Ways Family Caregivers Can Help Aging Loved Ones Prepare for and Reduce Risk of Coronavirus:
- Ensure a senior has everything he or she needs to be home for a while, if necessary, such as food, water and medications.
- Consider online grocery and other shopping, and home deliveries if supplies run short.
- Encourage a senior to avoid unnecessary risks, such as crowded areas, and practice social distancing. Many doctor’s offices and insurance carriers have remote or telehealth options for obtaining medical advice without the need to leave home.
- Make older adults aware of the CDC’s signs of the virus including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Seek medical attention if their symptoms worsen.
- Make sure a family member or friend is checking on a loved one who may be isolated. Stay in touch by phone if you can’t be there.