Post-Covid and The Elderly

Risk increases with age is a true fact of every aspect of our lives. The elderly, in the case of Covid-19 are at greater risk of severe illness.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a force to reckon with and we are still faced with its effect within our daily lives although we strive with great efforts to overcome it. 

Now more than ever, there’s the need to be intentional about elderly care worldwide. Research shows that adults 60 and older with pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or cancer are more likely to have severe or worse, deadly infections when contracting Covid-19. This is why taking the proper safety precaution is pivotal. 

If you’re the primary caretaker for an older loved one, don’t be alarmed with all that’s happening in the world. There are steps you could take in keeping your loved one safe from catching Covid-19.

Stay Safe

As a caretaker, it’s your responsibility to ensure you and the safety of your loved ones. Take all precautions you can to avoid being infected by following the below steps: 

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after providing care, preparing food, using the bathroom, or touching surfaces in public places 
  • Avoiding large crowds, and if you cough or sneeze, do so into the bend of your elbow or into a disposable tissue
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Cleaning all surfaces in your home, including mobility and medical equipment used by your loved one, such as walkers, canes, and handrails

Practice Social Distancing But Not Social Isolation 

An important way to reduce the risk of elderly family members getting infected with Covid-19 is to limit in-person visits. This may be tough for adults who cherish time spent with friends and family members. Social distancing doesn’t necessarily imply isolation or loneliness. As much as we need to keep our family members and friends safe, we must also keep in mind that social isolation can have a negative impact on physical immunity and mental health. 

Technology For Staying Connected 

To help the elderly stay involved and connected, post-pandemic, introduce them to new experiences that new-age technology offers, such as friend and family zoom meetings. This way engagement can be fostered without leaving the comfort and safety of your home. 

Get Vaccinated 

So far so good there has been a steady decline rate in Covid-19 infections compared to this time last year when the pandemic started. But we are not completely in the clear. When one of us gets vaccinated, we’re all safer and stronger.

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