Caregiving for the Elderly during the Coronavirus Pandemicby Ankita Sehgal Freelance Blogger, Lives in New Delhi
With the coronavirus cases increasing by the day and a lack of vaccine to fight the global pandemic as of now, social distancing is the only way to control the transmission of the virus. The health authorities and governments are working relentlessly to remind us of the precautions and preventive measures that we need to follow to ensure safe and healthy living. It has been reported that the elderly and those with health issues are at a higher risk of contracting the disease. Due to their weak immune system, body reserves, and existing complications, the mortality rate has seen to be higher among the older age group.
Given the current circumstances, special care and attention need to be given to them as we fight this pandemic. It is best to remain indoors and avoid any contact with outside objects or people. While the government has taken stringent actions in terms of coronavirus treatment and awareness about its transmission, it is critical for each of us to follow the protocols and break the transmission by taking the right steps.
If you are looking after the elderly, things can get a bit worrisome. To help you deal with the situation we have certain pointers that will help you provide the necessary assistance.
Keep Yourself Safe
This is the first step towards caring for the elderly. Some of the basics to avoid becoming infected yourself include:
• Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds before and after you tend to their needs.
• Avoid venturing into crowded places and if you cough or sneeze, do so into the bend of your elbow or grab a tissue.
• Keep your hand away from your eyes, nose, mouth, and face altogether.
• Disinfect your home regularly. Pay attention to the frequently touched surfaces for you as well as the elderly and ensure that they are cleaned on a regular basis.
• If you experience any of the coronavirus symptoms, immediately remove yourself from their living environment and ensure that they are also tested for the virus.
Social and Physical Distancing, Not Isolation
While we cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining social distance to break the chain of transmission of the disease, one needs to understand that the situation can get tough for the older generation. They cherish the time spent with friends and family and pretty much depend on socialization for passing tier time. This is where we need to understand that distancing should not lead to isolation. Isolation can have adverse effects on their mental and physical health. While you care for them, help them remain in touch with their family members and friends through technology. A sense of connectedness will go a long way in making them feel better and ease the difficulties during the lockdown.
Minimize the Risk
It is best to postpone any medical appointments that might not be urgent. Unnecessary visits to the hospital or any other crowded place could expose them to the virus. Given their weak immune system, they are more susceptible to the virus than anyone else, hence staying at home is the best way to ensure a safe life through this global pandemic.
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