The risk of getting ill is usually higher for the aging population in general. During these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the risks are even more magnified. When caring for seniors living at home, make sure they have everything they need for independent living without having to leave the house much except to get some fresh air. The more you can help them prepare for an illness, the greater the chances are you can reduce their risk of getting ill. Take these tips into consideration when helping seniors living at home.
Stock Up On Groceries And Essential Items
If possible, try to stock up on groceries and essential items for at least two weeks. You could offer to do the majority of their shopping for them to ensure they have enough food, beverages and medication in their home for a while. Many grocery stores offer delivery or curbside service as well, so take advantage of those options to reduce exposure to bacteria and coming in contact with other people. When there’s plenty of food and other essentials in the house, you can feel confident knowing you’ll still have what you need if you do get sick and can’t leave the house.
Identify Telehealth Options With Medical Providers
Going to a medical facility for routine checkups can expose you to more germs and increase your risk of getting sick. For seniors living at home, pursuing telehealth and remote doctor appointments can be a major benefit. Of course, some examinations may require you to physically be at the facility. Sometimes seniors visit their doctor just for specific advice on medical concerns, which can be done easily from the comfort of their home by using technology. As a caregiver, set up your loved one with the appropriate technology and teach them how to use it for what they need so they know exactly what to do.
Avoid Crowded Places As Much As Possible
It’s particularly important to avoid crowded places if you have immune system problems and have a tendency to get sick easily. The more people you expose yourself to, the higher the chances are of getting sick. Caregivers can do things like shop for supplies, go to the post office and other tasks where contact with other people is likely. Making these alterations and adjustments may be challenging for seniors living at home at first, but it’s well worth it when you consider how much it reduces the risk of illness.
Next Day Access wants to make independent living as easy as possible for seniors during this time. We know how challenging it can be to stay at home, but it’s necessary to protect your health. We offer a variety of mobility products and solutions to help you remain active and enjoy your home to the fullest extent possible. Preparation is one of the main keys to successful senior living, so contact us today to see how we can help