Seniors have been one of the most affected groups during the time of the Coronavirus. It could be said that they remain one of the most vulnerable groups, not just in terms of potential infection related to a compromised immune system, but also in terms of how social distancing regulations and restrictions might affect them.
Ways To Protect & Help Seniors During COVID-19
As one of the most at-risk groups for isolation and depression in these times, more care needs to be taken in order to protect them. Here are some practical ways to protect & help seniors during COVID-19.
Explaining Social Distancing
Social distancing is a new concept for many of us. It’s important to explain why social distancing helps to protect all of us safe – and to provide people with the measures to protect themselves at home.
Provide facts for seniors on what social distancing is, how it works, and why it remains important to protect against COVID. Symptoms, signs, and the importance of it are also things that have to be explained alongside it. Many available resources (including posters of symptoms and proper procedure) are available on the internet: These can be downloaded and put in plain sight as a clever, regular reminder of what to do versus not.
Protecting Compromised Immune Systems
Elderly people and seniors are at an automatically higher risk in times where diseases run rife.
Special precautionary measures are important to ensure that compromised demographics such as the elderly are protected. This is about more than just providing the correct information for people to be able to make more informed decisions – but also about doing more to protect people with compromised immunities.
Precautionary measures can include alterations in diet, regular check-ups with a medical professional, and the addition of supplements to their daily routine under the supervision of a doctor. All of these things can help to guard their immune systems better.
Providing Adequate Hygiene Measures
Adequate hygiene measures go a very long way towards protecting the spread of diseases and bacteria. Are these measures available to the elderly when required – and do they know how and when to use them?
The rate of the disease can be curbed with the use of hand sanitizer and regular hand washing. Ensure that there are sanitizing stations, portable hand sanitizers, and wipes available in areas that people frequent – if they aren’t, you’re only increasing their potential risk.
Cleaning the environment can be one of the most important things you do. For elderly people, this has become difficult next to impossible to achieve themselves – but in times like these, it still has to be done.
The assistance should be available for the elderly to keep their living spaces sanitized when they can’t. Ensure that cleaning staff is properly trained in etiquette, elderly care, and adequate sanitary techniques to make sure that the environment is entirely germ-free by the time they’re done.
Delivery (Where Possible)
As people get older, a lot of things we take for granted now become more difficult to do alone. Cleaning isn’t the only important task that one can help the elderly with during these times: Cooking doesn’t get enough attention and it’s one of the first skills that people start to neglect.
Make sure that food delivery options are available for older people who no longer have the energy to cook meals for themselves: As more companies move towards food delivery, this has become an easier and cheaper goal faced with restrictions.
Online Contact with Friends & Family
Isolation is one of the most difficult things to deal with during lockdown. Establishing online contact with friends and family is an essential way for the elderly to feel much less alone during this time – and it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to set up.
Platforms like Skype or Zoom are great for staying in touch.
Special Care for Dementia
Special care needs to be taken in the case of dementia or Alzheimer’s patients who might not understand why lockdown is happening – or why the Coronavirus is of any concern. Carers should take an informative role and inform themselves on how to deal with the situation by explaining the facts in plain language that anyone can understand.
It’s easy to feel lost or confused during these times, and conditions like dementia can make this even harder to deal with. Emotions like depression and fear are common and they should be dealt with as they arise.
Are you there to help during their times of need?
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