Coronavirus is dangerous because it’s so easily transmittable. What’s also called COVID-19 is especially concerning for seniors, since older immune systems are often compromised due to age-related changes and/or underlying health issues. If you have an older loved one you provide care for, here are some quick tips to help him or her prevent getting coronavirus.
1. Eat Healthy
One of the simplest things you can do to help your loved one reduce the risk of coronavirus is to provide more immune system–friendly foods. The foods that tend to be best for older immune systems include:
• Fresh fruits and seasonal veggies
• Almonds, pistachios, and dark chocolate (in moderation)
• Baked beans and low-fat yogurt
• Poultry and fish
If your loved one needs help following healthy habits that 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 elder care. Harrisburg 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.
2. Exercise at Home
In addition to being good for aging immune systems, exercise offers an assortment of other health benefits that can keep seniors healthy while they’re self-isolating in their homes. A simple way to encourage your loved one to exercise at home is to set up a space where he or she can safely stretch or do low-impact activities.
3. Wash Hands Often
The CDC recommends frequently washing your hands with soap and hot water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Handwashing should be done before and after eating, after going to the bathroom, and after sneezing or coughing.
4. Avoid Touching the Face
Unwashed hands should be kept away from the face to prevent coronavirus from getting into the eyes, mouth, or nose. If your loved one is wearing a face mask for added protection, it’s still important for him or her to avoid touching his or her face.
5. Stock Up on Supplies
Help your loved one limit in-person contact by making sure he or she has essential supplies. You can have certain things delivered, and in some areas, groceries can be preordered, paid for online, and picked up with minimal in-person contact.
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 senior care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
6. Communicate Remotely
For times when you aren’t providing essential care for your older family member, communicate with him or her remotely via social media or other methods he or she is comfortable using. You can also encourage your loved one to communicate remotely with other family members and friends to avoid unnecessary in-person contact.
7. Manage Chronic Conditions
According to new CDC data, coronavirus presents the greatest risk for individuals with diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. If your loved one has a chronic health issue, help him or her take the steps the doctor recommends to effectively manage it.
8. Consider Professional Home Care Assistance
Another way to protect your loved one from coronavirus is with in-home care. Though the staff at assisted living facilities do their best to help seniors stay safe, the simple fact is that in such environments, there are more people your loved one could come into contact with on a daily basis. In-home care can achieve the goal of reducing the risk of coronavirus by:
• Limiting in-person contact, since care is typically provided by the same caregiver
• Having someone who knows how to implement and encourage good hygiene habits care for your parent
• Reducing the need to have different family members provide care so the risk of virus exposure can be reduced
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Harrisburg, PA, 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. Trust Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate, professional home care for your loved one. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (717) 540-4663.
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.harrisburghomecare.com/covid-19-home-care/.