As a caregiver you may be extremely concerned about how the coronavirus pandemic might affect your senior. You’re right to be concerned, but now is the time to take some practical steps that will give you the results you want.
Make a Plan for Self-quarantine
Older adults are at a much higher risk of contracting Covid-19, so it makes sense to self-quarantine to avoid contact with too many other people. You need a plan for self-quarantine. How is your senior going to get groceries and other necessary items? If someone will be bringing them to her who doesn’t live with her, you need to practice social distancing and do this as safely as possible.
Stock up on More than a Few Days’ Worth of Food
There’s no food shortage, but you should consider stocking your senior up with more than a few days’ wroth of food at a time. The reason for this is that you’re helping to eliminate the possibility that she might find it necessary to leave her home. If you can, stock up on other necessary items, like cleaning supplies and medications that she might be about to be short on.
Talk to Your Senior’s Doctor
Make the time to talk to your senior’s doctor about her existing health issues and what you need to know right now about the coronavirus. Your senior’s current health issues factor heavily into how alert you need to be for the signs of illness in your senior. Your elderly family member’s doctor may also recommend that you take specific actions if and when she does start to feel ill.
Familiarize Yourself with the Symptoms of Covid-19
It’s vital that you and your senior are aware of the symptoms of Covid-19. Some of the initial symptoms might be a fever, a dry cough, and shortness of breath. These symptoms are bad enough, but if your elderly family member develops trouble with her breathing, pressure in her chest, confusion, or develops a blue tint to her lips or face, she may need emergency medical help. Contact 911 or her doctor to determine what to do next.
The coronavirus pandemic is something that you and your senior need to take very seriously. With proper precautions, like self-quarantine and frequent hand washing, it may be possible to avoid coming in contact with the coronavirus completely. That’s the best-case scenario and it’s one that you need to aim for every day.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care Nine Mile Falls, WA please contact the caring staff at Angel Senior Care today at (509) 326-4357.
- Planning for the Years Ahead Can Help Someone with Alzheimer’s Live More Comfortably - November 25, 2020
- Taking Care of Yourself While Caring for an Aging Parent - November 10, 2020
- How to Get Help for Your Senior in a Crisis - October 21, 2020