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Elderly care during COVID-19

August 27 2020 at 11:37 PM by Samikshya Joshi

Covid-19 is spreading like anything, as the death rate is decreasing but still there is a risk for older adults. Older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like lung, heart, or kidney disease at higher risk of getting affected serious COVID-19. According to some sources it suggests that older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19.


It is due to their immune systems changing. As people are getting older their immune system weakens. Getting it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection. As older adults are also, more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with it and recover from. It is more often seen that older adults have a risk of respiratory system or lungs shut down when they have COVID-19.


The government has emphasized that the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid their exposure. So, here a question arises, what should older adults do to prevent their exposure?


Here are some tips for older adults to lessen their exposure:


  • Stock up on supplies
  • Practice precautions to keep space from others
  • Whenever you go out in public, maintain distance from others who are sick.
  • Limit close contact
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible
  • Avoid nonessential traveling.


How others can Support Older Adults:


We all can support older adults during this time. Nowadays many older adults depend on services and support provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence. We suggest people help them:

  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them to get the supplies.
  • Monitor their food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
  • Ask about the health condition of the other residents frequently, and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
  • Help with disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

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