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Tips for Reducing Your Senior Parent’s Chances of Getting Coronavirus

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Reducing the risk of coronavirus is the best way to avoid the possibility of getting severely sick from it. Seniors are included in the high-risk category for coronavirus due to their weaker immune systems and higher rates of serious health issues. Although you might not be able to heal your loved one’s chronic respiratory disease or diabetes, you can reduce his or her risk of catching this virus by implementing a few strategies at home.

Keep Your Loved One Home

The general rule of thumb right now is that seniors are safest in their homes. If your loved one hasn’t moved to an assisted living facility, help him or her continue to age in place. Group living environments pose a higher risk of exposure to the virus due to the increased number of people who visit, work, and reside in these facilities. A home caregiver can provide services for your loved one as his or her needs change.

Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of at-home care. Pembroke Pines 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.

Bring Your Loved One Groceries & Supplies

Your loved one shouldn’t feel tempted to head out into public due to necessity. Toilet paper and other essentials may be difficult to find, and your loved one doesn’t need to be going to multiple stores and increasing his or her risk of exposure. Arrange for your loved one to have someone deliver groceries so he or she can continue to shelter in place.

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.

Determine Which Health & Personal Care Appointments Are Necessary

Many communities are issuing stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders. These typically include allowing people to leave their homes for healthcare reasons. While this is essential if your loved one has serious health concerns, you may need to identify which appointments represent true immediate needs. For instance, your loved one might need to attend a follow-up appointment after recently having surgery, but he or she might be able to put off a checkup for a few weeks. Make sure to consult your loved one’s physician before making these decisions, since it can be difficult to know which care appointments might be considered elective.

Be Cautious if You Must Take Your Loved One Out

In some cases, your loved one might not have a choice about going to a medical appointment. If this happens, talk to your loved one about the need for social distancing before you leave. Your loved one may also be safer with a companion who can remind him or her to stay six feet away from people and wash his or her hands as soon as possible after he or she has been out in public.

Choose a Competent Caregiver

Having a home caregiver is safer for your loved one, but you still need to be aware that you’re bringing someone from the outside world into your loved one’s home. Try to avoid making rash decisions, such as hiring a private caregiver who may not have the training necessary to successfully reduce virus exposure. A professional caregiver who has been vetted by an agency will have training and additional knowledge that can mitigate your loved one’s coronavirus risk.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Pembroke Pines, FL, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. If you need professional home care for your loved one, Home Care Assistance is just a phone call away. Reach out to one of our Care Managers today at (954) 374-8273.

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


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