The day-to-day uncertainty associated with coronavirus can be stressful and concerning for both older adults and their family members. Seniors, in particular, are at increased risk because of age-related immune system deficiencies and the possibility of having preexisting health issues that could further complicate matters. However, there are some steps you can take to lower the coronavirus risk for a senior loved one.
Wear a Mask
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a mask around people considered vulnerable, such as seniors. Your loved one can wear a mask when he or she needs to go out in public, and you can do the same thing when interacting with him or her or providing care.
Run Your Parent’s Errands & Use Delivery Services
Further lower the risk of coronavirus for your loved one by running errands so he or she doesn’t have to be out in busy public places like grocery stores. Another option is to see what can be delivered. In some areas, groceries, prescriptions, and freshly prepared or “heat and eat” meals can be safely and conveniently delivered.
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 senior care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Offer Hygiene Reminders
Even if your loved one is generally good about washing his or her hands and keeping the home tidy, it never hurts to provide reminders about virus prevention recommendations. The American Red Cross stresses the importance of taking the following hygiene-related steps to lower coronavirus risk:
• Washing hands with soap and water for about 20 seconds
• Covering coughs and sneezes
• Not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
• Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and items
Encourage Good Immune System Health Habits
Another step you can take to lower the COVID-19 risk for your loved one is to encourage habits that are good for aging immune systems. The recommended ones include:
• Eating nutrient-rich foods
• Drinking plenty of water
• Getting enough sleep
• Finding safe and effective ways to exercise at home
If your loved one needs help following healthy habits that can 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 elderly home care. Austin 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.
Help Them Connect Remotely
A not-so-obvious risk associated with coronavirus for older adults is the potential for social isolation. Remind your loved one that social distancing doesn’t mean having no interactions at all. Some of the many options your loved one can use to remain in touch with other important people in his or her life include:
• Facebook and other easy-to-use social platforms
• Text messages and chat apps like Telegram and WeChat
• Emails and phone calls
Discuss In-Home Care
In-home care can be an effective way to lower coronavirus risk for seniors, which may be more difficult to do in a crowded environment such as an assisted living facility. One reason is because your loved one will likely be interacting with the same caregiver during the specific times when care is needed. Also, shifting to in-home care for your parent gives you more time to manage extra responsibilities you may have on your plate now, such as having to care for younger children at home.
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Austin, TX, 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. Home Care Assistance can be your trusted partner in caregiving for your aging loved one. Contact one of our experienced Care Managers today at (512) 623-7800 to learn more about our reliable in-home care services.
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://www.austinhomecareassistance.com/covid-19-home-care/.