Even if you’ve been doing things to prepare your senior and the rest of your family to deal with the coronavirus pandemic you may still feel unprepared. These ideas can help you to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.
Talk to Your Family Members and Your Neighbors
It’s important that everyone in your family is on the same page. Your senior and anyone else living in the household needs to know what your plan is if you’ve already started one. It’s also a good idea to talk to your neighbors or meet them if you haven’t already. For family members that live in other places, it helps to have a plan for keeping in touch, even if it’s a loose one.
Make Sure You’re Doing All the Preventative Recommendations
The same preventative recommendations that you’ve been hearing about, such as social distancing, washing your hands often, and avoiding touching your face, are all vitally important now. Make sure that you and that other family members, especially your senior, are adhering to those recommendations.
Know the Symptoms of COVID-19
You need to know the symptoms of COVID-19, the illness that the novel coronavirus causes. The initial symptoms tend to be a fever, shortness of breath, and a cough. There may be other symptoms, too, like body aches and pains or a runny nose. These symptoms look a lot like the symptoms of the flu, so it’s important to keep an eye on anyone who starts to feel ill. If that person starts to have trouble breathing or develops confusion, you may need to seek emergency medical help.
Put a Plan Together in Case Someone Gets Sick
If someone in the household does get sick, you need to know what to do. For starters, there needs to be an isolation room in the house where someone who is sick can stay. That can help to reduce the risk that everyone in the house will end up sick. Keep an eye on symptoms and call health care providers instead of going to the doctor’s office or to the hospital. If your senior ends up sick, you need to know what her doctor recommends that she does.
If you’re still feeling really unprepared for self-quarantine or for managing your senior’s existing health issues during the pandemic, you’re not alone. There’s a lot that goes into caregiving as it is and adding a pandemic to the mix makes everything even more overwhelming. Getting help from elderly care providers may be exactly what you need right now.
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