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5 Ways to Reduce COVID-19 Risk for Senior Loved Ones

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When it comes to viruses, people over the age of 60 are particularly vulnerable. In addition to having weaker immune systems, many older adults also have multiple health issues that make it difficult to fight off serious infections. Here’s a quick glimpse at some tips you can use to reduce your aging loved one’s risk of contracting coronavirus in the coming months.

1. Run Errands for Them

At the very least, you must limit how much contact your loved one has with strangers. Running all your loved one’s errands greatly reduces his or her risk of coming into contact with anyone who has been exposed to the virus. When you get home from running errands, make sure you thoroughly wash your hands and disinfect any surfaces that might have come into contact with potential germ-carrying items, such as plastic grocery bags. 

A home caregiver can run errands for your parent, 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 at-home care. Fairfield Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives

2. Start Strict Quarantining

Most medical experts now agree people should stay at home unless they absolutely need to leave. For older adults, a quarantine of at least six weeks is suggested, but that number might go up in the future. During the quarantine, you’ll need to keep visitors away, and your loved one shouldn’t go to public spaces. If your loved one is tired of sitting inside the house, you might want to suggest heading out into the yard to eat meals or read. In areas that don’t have strict quarantines, it might be safe to go for short walks around the block as well, as long as strict physical distancing guidelines (e.g., maintaining 6 feet of distance from other people) are followed.

3. Sanitize Their Homes

Thoroughly disinfecting your loved one’s home is another important step in this process. Even if there are no coronavirus particles in the home, there might still be some other germs that could compromise your loved one’s immune system. Regularly disinfecting common areas is particularly important, and you should use cleaning products that have antibacterial properties.

4. Keep Them as Healthy as Possible

Almost anything that impacts your loved one’s overall health will increase the risk of contracting any type of virus. Being unhealthy also makes the symptoms of viruses much worse, which is why you should encourage your loved one to follow healthy lifestyle habits. This includes getting plenty of sleep each night, staying hydrated, exercising a few times a week, and following a strict diet. Your loved one should also quit smoking immediately to support his or her respiratory health. 

A home caregiver can help your loved one exercise safely and prepare nutritious meals. 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. Fairfield 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.

5. Consider In-Home Care

No matter how dedicated you are to caring for your loved one, you’ll most likely need help at some point. Instead of sending your loved one to a nursing home or adult care center where he or she could come into contact with dozens of people every day, you might want to hire an in-home caregiver who will be able to look after your loved one while you run errands or simply take a break for your own mental health.

One of the most challenging tasks of helping an elderly relative age in place safely and comfortably is researching agencies that provide senior home care. Turn to Home Care Assistance for reliable, high-quality in-home care for aging adults. We offer 24-hour live-in care for seniors who require extensive assistance, and we also offer respite care for family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties. Rely on the professionals at Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate care for your loved one. Give us a call today at 203-955-1915 to learn about our flexible in-home care plans.

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