When flu season rolls around, you may instinctively make sure your senior loved one gets a vaccine to minimize the risk of getting whatever strain is prevalent. However, lowering your loved one’s risk of coronavirus, which is a viral infection that primarily affects the respiratory system, isn’t that simple yet. But there are some things you can do to reduce your loved one’s COVID-19 risk.
Help Your Loved One Make Smart Dietary Choices
Eating right is good for seniors because essential nutrients offer a broad range of physical and mental benefits. It’s even more important to focus on healthy eating habits now because aging immune systems are less capable of handling new challenges like coronavirus. Fortunately, eating more fruits, veggies, and other nutrient-rich foods gives an older immune system a beneficial boost. Your senior loved one’s immune system can also benefit from:
- Regular exercise
- Uninterrupted sleep
- Plenty of water
- Beneficial vitamins/supplements to make up for dietary shortcomings
A home caregiver can help your loved one plan and prepare nutritious meals. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of home care. Naples 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.
Make Handwashing a Priority
It’s surprisingly easy to spread germs and viruses, which is why handwashing is one of the top CDC recommendations for coronavirus prevention. Help or remind your loved one to thoroughly wash his or her hands for at least 30 seconds by making it part of his or her daily routine. This can be especially helpful if your loved one has some form of dementia and forgets to wash his or her hands often.
Suggest Home Delivery Options
Even if it’s still possible for your loved one to go to the grocery store or local pharmacy or pick up something from a restaurant, lower his or her coronavirus risk and discourage unnecessary trips by suggesting home delivery services. Commonly available options include:
- Meal/restaurant delivery services
- Medication delivery
- Amazon and similar retail delivery companies
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 elderly home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Steer Your Loved One Toward Remote Communication
Reduce the impact of social distancing while also lowering coronavirus risk by directing your loved one to remote communication resources, such as social media platforms. Your loved one can also use video chat/streaming tools, text messaging, and even emails to stay in touch with other important people in his or her life while minimizing in-person contact.
Be Diligent about Addressing Chronic Conditions
Diabetes and other chronic conditions can put extra stress on an aging immune system and make it more susceptible to infections and viruses. If your loved one has a chronic disease or condition, help him or her be diligent about doing what the doctor recommends to minimize symptoms and stay as healthy as possible.
Think about In-Home Care
If coronavirus has upended your daily routine, you may be having a difficult time giving your older loved one the attention and assistance he or she needs and deserves. A safe and budget-friendly caregiving option is in-home care. It’s provided on an as-needed basis by a trained caregiver in the comfort of your loved one’s home. With home care, the risk of your parent contracting coronavirus risk may be lower, since in-person contact is much easier to limit with in-home care than in a much more crowded environment such as assisted living.
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Naples, FL, 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. If you need professional home care for your loved one, reach out to one of our Care Managers today at (239) 449-4701.
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.homecareassistancenaples.com/covid-19-home-care/.