Simple Tips for Reducing Coronavirus Risk in Older Adults
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Practical Ways to Reduce a Senior’s Risk of COVID-19

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While you won’t be able to protect your aging loved one from every type of illness, there are a few simple steps you can take to greatly reduce his or her coronavirus risk. This unique virus is especially devastating for older adults who already have weakened immune systems, and it can result in life-threatening health complications. Here’s a look at some tips you can use to protect your loved one in the coming months.

Keep Them Home

Isolating your loved one is an important step in this process, and most experts agree seniors should stay home at all times unless there’s an emergency. Whenever your loved one heads out of the house, he or she could potentially come into contact with several people who have been exposed to this virus. If your older parent is getting bored or anxious, you might want to suggest spending some time out in the yard. In many areas, it may also be safe to go for walks around the block, as long as your loved one practices social distancing.

Disinfect Daily

While seniors should always try to keep their homes as sanitized as possible, good cleaning habits are going to be especially important until a vaccine for the coronavirus is developed. Coming into contact with germs could suppress your loved one’s immune system, which could greatly increase the risk of contracting any other type of virus. Some of the most important places to sanitize include door handles, faucets, kitchen counters, bathrooms, and any pieces of furniture used by multiple people. You should also make sure you use antibacterial cleaning products specifically designed to kill germs.

If your loved one needs help following healthy habits that boost his or her immune system, a home caregiver can be a wonderful source of support. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of homecare. Chandler 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.

Limit Your Own Trips Outside the Home

In addition to keeping your loved one at home as much as possible, you must also make sure you aren’t regularly leaving the house. Even if you thoroughly wash up every time you get home, some germs could be clinging to your clothes or grocery bags. Limiting your errands to one trip every week or two can keep everyone in the home as safe as possible. When you’re out shopping, make sure you sanitize your hands and avoid touching your face. Many people have also switched over to food and grocery delivery services so they don’t have to interact with the public.

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 in-home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Hire an In-Home Caregiver

You’ll most likely need a little bit of help in the coming months, and now isn’t the time to take your loved one to an assisted living facility, where he or she would have a higher risk of being exposed to germs and pathogens. An in-home caregiver can provide you and your loved one with an incredible amount of assistance while you’re isolating at home. The caregiver can help with tasks such as minor housecleaning, reminding your parent to take medications, and socializing with your loved one. 

Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Chandler, AZ, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. We will work with you to create a customized home care plan that’s suited for your loved one’s unique needs. Call the Home Care Assistance team at 480.448.6215 today.

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