Tips to Protect Seniors During Covid-19
The risk of infection increases with age
Things have no longer been the same after the introduction of the ‘Covid-19’ pandemic. The year has been uncertain for almost every one of us. Health has been a priority for nearly every age group, it’s the older adults who were at an increased rate of exposure.
Ever since introducing this virus, older adults with underlying medical conditions are on the radar for contracting COVID-19 with severe symptoms. The new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 seems to have a severe effect among older adults compared to the younger masses. Therefore, to help you keep them safe and sound amidst the ongoing pandemic, this piece covers some tips to keep them safe and sound. Let’s get started!
Tips and Advice to protect Older Adults During Covid-19
Given the fact that older adults are likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, here are some tips and advice to keep them safe during the pandemic:
a.Keep their supplies and regular medications well-stocked: Given that older adults have underlying health conditions, they’re often prescribed daily medications. Considering their vulnerability to chronic diseases, keeping their medications well in stock is one of the primary tips that you should follow.
The elderly rely on their younger ones for health and support. Therefore, in a situation where you need to stay away for a couple of days or weeks from your home, their medications won’t be a problem at all. Further, besides their medical supplies, you should also monitor other medical supplies and keep your resources handy.
b.Keep their surroundings clean and sanitized: While washing your hands is a common practice over the last year, we suggest you get your entire family used to proper sanitization. However, things don’t end at carrying sanitizer hand rubs with you. To ensure proper sanitization, ensure that everyone at your home clears their clothes off any chances or virus as well.
Besides sanitizing the clothes, try ensuring that the elders stay in a sanitized surrounding as well.
Try using all the latest sanitizing pieces of equipment and clean their surroundings at least once every day. This way, you can ensure maximum protection for them and their surroundings. Further, it would also be a smart move to do their Covid-19 testing, every once in a while to ensure their complete safety.
c.Align their checkups to telemedicine: Covid-19 has been an era of innovation for the healthcare sectors. With social distancing becoming the norm for doctors and patients, regular checkups have been modified to become something new. Yes, the pandemic has pushed the trend of telemedicine (treatments via calls and messages).
Therefore, if you have older adults around you that are in need of regular checkups, it’s suggested that you schedule their meetings via online calls or chat support. This way, you can ensure their security by keeping them away from any possible chance of infection.
d.Engage them into health-building exercises: Given the fact that almost everyone is used to staying inside our houses now, it’s time to introduce every member of the family to healthy exercises. To ensure proper safety of the elderly around, ensure that they maintain a healthy physical life by incorporating exercise into their schedule.
Further, since the Covid strain can easily affect people with lower immunity, it is also suggested that you incorporate healthy food and nutritional supplements into their daily lifestyle.
Safety Precautions to Keep you Aware of the Covid-19 for Elderly
Health conditions among the older adults that could lead to a severe complications from COVID-19:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Serious heart conditions, or cardiomyopathies
- Kidney disease
- Sickle cell disease
- A weakened immune system from a solid organ transplant
- Type 2 diabetes
- Obesity, which occurs in people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher
Symptoms you should be well-aware of!
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches and pains
- Loss of taste or smell
- Repeated shaking with chills
While these were some of the most common symptoms, it should be noted that different strains of the virus have been reported around the globe. Therefore, it is always a wise move to keep yourself updated from the different types of symptoms that are coming up.
Keep Yourself and the Elders around you Safe & Sound!
As per the latest reports from May 1, 2021, almost 82% of adults aged 65 and older had previously received over one dose of the vaccine. While the numbers of Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits have declined significantly, the risk is not yet over.
Further, it needs to be understood that it is a trying time for adults as well. The quarantine has had
adverse effects on us, it’s time for every member of the family to come together and live like a family.