Thursday, May 13, 2021
Older people are vulnerable to severe illness. This is simply because as we age, our resistence power slowly diminishes. Research is showing that adults 60 and older, especially with heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or cancer are more likely to have severe — even deadly — coronavirus infection than other age groups. However, you need to be on high alert during their care.
1.Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after providing care, preparing food, using the bathroom, or touching surfaces in public places.
2.Avoid crowds, and if you cough or sneeze, do so into the bend of your elbow or into a disposable tissue.
3.Keep your hands away from your face.
Clean frequently touched surfaces in your home often, including mobility and medical equipment used by your loved one, such as walkers, canes and handrails.
4.Practice physical distancing but not social isolation. but one important way to lower the risk of your older family members catching COVID-19 is to limit in-person visits. But this may be tough for older adults who cherish time spent with friends and family members. But you should make them understand nicely.
5.Physical distancing doesn’t have to mean isolation or loneliness. We need to keep older adults safe, but also keep in mind that social isolation can have a negative impact on older people’s immunity and mental health. They could hello their neighbours from the balcony or terraces.
6.They should be encouraged to think beyond their usual circle of friends and family. “Saying hello to the mail carrier or checking in on neighbors close by can add to a sense of connectedness.
7.With many houses of worship closing their doors until the pandemic eases, congregants, especially older ones, may feel cut off. Faith communities are often a big part of older adults’ social lives. Caregivers might help their loved one access online services and outreach for spiritual solace and support. Watch together movies they love.
8. Use technology for Staying Connected
To help older adults feel involved, purposeful and less lonely during the pandemic. Show them how to video chat with others using smartphones, laptops or tablets. Encourage friends and family outside of your household to telephone, write notes or send cards to lift your loved one’s spirits.
9. Keep them involved. Think about what they are going through and organizing old photos and memorabilia together, and enjoy the stories and happy memories they inspire. Do photo sessions with them and upload them on social sites, as they love your company. It can be a good time for an elder to demonstrate cooking a favorite family recipe or share favorite songs with other people in the household. You could cook their favourite dishes.
10.Minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection
Postpone unnecessary doctor visits. If an older adult in your care is feeling well, consider helping them postpone elective procedures, annual checkups and other non-essential doctor visits. But keep in mind that many older people, especially those living with chronic illness, have important relationships with their caregivers. To help them stay in touch, ask their doctors’ offices if they offer telemedicine, which enables doctors and patients to communicate over video, email or other means rather than face-to-face. Making calls would be safe.
10. Avoid travel. Older adults should put off non-essential travel, particularly cruises or trips with itineraries that would expose them to crowds.
11. If you can, involve your older family member in discussions of how you’ll manage interruptions of routines and what will happen if they (or someone else in your family) becomes sick. Talking things through ahead of time as a family can reduce stress and help everyone feel more involved and prepared.
12.Stay in a separate room and maintain hygiene if you have to frequently move out of home frequently.
13.Yoga and medication. This has helped and there is never a doubt about it. People practicing yoga have good resistance power. Though the lighter type need to be done as we age.
14. Build confidence. Never make them feel week. There are some too much pampered senior citizens who lose their contact with physical movement and exercise and that has adverse effect on their body. If they like to do light house work like cleaning, dusting, cutting vegetables, watering plants, serving food etc let them do. But not much pressure.
15. And most important due to lockdown and prohibitory restrictions, keep their medicines in stock, as you may run shortage anytime. Also certain most important first aid kits, antibiotics and other requirements should be kept standby.
At the end make them happy. Happiness could come from smallest things like buying them their favourite plants,clothes,gloves and singing for them etc. Praising them for all the hard work they did in their youths and at present. Of course, we would not exist if they were not there. And teach your children to respect them. Be patient with them and keep them safe. Love them !