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Lowering COVID-19 Risk: Suggestions for Caregivers

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Older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions are at the highest risk for severe infection when it comes to the new coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19. Staying at home is an excellent choice for seniors because it limits their interactions and helps them practice social distancing more efficiently. Take a look at some of the things you can do to prevent your loved one from developing COVID-19.

Stress the Importance of Washing Hands

When it comes to monitoring your loved one’s daily actions, you may have an easier time doing so when he or she lives at his or her own residence instead of in a retirement home. Keep in mind the staff at these facilities must watch over many residents, and people in these facilities may inadvertently come into contact with the virus due to the number of people they’re around each day. If your parent lives at home, it will be easier to remind him or her to wash her hands. You should also leave hand sanitizer in rooms around the house. Each time your loved one goes to the restroom, touches a surface in the home, or eats, remind him or her to wash his or her hands to remove germs and infectious particles. You can also hire a home caregiver to help your loved one practice good hygiene habits, as this may be a safer option than keeping him or her in an assisted living facility.

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 homecare. Cleveland 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.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Most assisted living facilities have stopped visitations from family and friends. However, your loved one would still rely on the medical professionals and staff for most tasks, including wiping down surfaces. With countless residents and limited staff, workers can’t monitor every senior’s room at all times. However, if your loved one lives at home, it’s easier to watch his or her actions and wipe down surfaces, such as kitchen countertops, living room tables, doorknobs, and handrails. Keep your loved one’s home cleaned with disinfectant products that can kill the virus and prevent it from spreading.

Use Non-Contact Deliveries

Your parent shouldn’t leave home unless it’s mandatory. Even a simple store run could place your loved one in proximity to someone who is sick. Remember that many people are asymptomatic and can pass the virus on to vulnerable individuals like the elderly, many of whom have underlying conditions that increase their risk of severe infection, such as heart disease, cancer, or lung disease. To reduce your loved one’s risk of contracting coronavirus, have toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizer, food, and various medications delivered to prevent him or her from needing to go to the store.

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 elder care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Encourage Virtual Interaction

Isolation is a serious issue for older adults. However, you can interact with your loved one safely at home and encourage him or her to connect with others virtually. Dedicate some time to helping your loved one use social media or connect with others using a smartphone or other web-enabled device. Another benefit of living at home is your parent has more variety in terms of entertainment and purposeful activities.

Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Cleveland, OH, 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. To create a customized home care plan for your loved one, call Home Care Assistance at (440) 332-0170 today.

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.homecareassistancecleveland.com/covid-19-home-care/.

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