Because of immune system concerns related to age, seniors are considered the top at-risk group for coronavirus. Approximately 80 percent of older adults, according to the National Council on Aging, also have at least one chronic disease, which is another reason seniors are considered vulnerable when it comes to this new virus. The good news is there are ways you can lower your senior loved one’s coronavirus risk.
Using Home Delivery Services
Pharmacies and grocery stores are typically on lists of essential businesses still open in many states. Even so, making trips to get food or pick up prescriptions has the potential to put seniors at risk. Encourage your loved one to reduce this risk by taking advantage of home delivery services as much as possible, some of which may include:
• Medication delivery from a local pharmacy
• Grocery delivery*
• Prepared meal delivery services if access to healthy meals is a concern
*Pick-up services where groceries are paid for and packed ahead of time can limit in-person contact as well.
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.
Eating Healthy Foods that Boost the Immune System
If your loved one hasn’t fully embraced healthy eating, encourage him or her to do so to strengthen his or her immune system and reduce the risk of COVID-19. This doesn’t have to mean significant or sudden dietary changes, but still steer your loved one toward healthy choices that include:
- Red bell peppers, spinach, and other fresh veggies
- Citrus fruits
- Oily fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, and trout
- Almonds, sunflower seeds, and dark chocolate (in moderation)
If your loved one needs help preparing healthy meals that can 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 elderly home care. Sacramento 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.
Cleaning the Home Thoroughly
It’s not yet known how long coronavirus lasts on surfaces. However, a recent National Institutes of Health study suggests it could be longer than initially suspected. For this reason, one of the steps that can be taken to lower a senior’s coronavirus risk is to regularly clean counters and other commonly used surfaces.
Practicing Good Hygiene
A 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture study found most people don’t wash their hands properly. This is important to note because handwashing is a commonly recommended way to reduce exposure to viruses and other things that can affect an older immune system. Lower your loved one’s coronavirus risk by urging him or her to adhere to CDC guidelines and frequently wash his or her hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds.
Using Remote Technology
Forty percent of seniors regularly feel lonely, according to results from a University of California, San Francisco study. Lower your loved one’s coronavirus risk without affecting his or her mental health or increasing feelings of loneliness by encouraging him or her to minimize in-person contact by using social media and other forms of remote technology to stay connected.
Hiring an In-Home Caregiver
In-home care is worth considering for your loved one if you’re suddenly burdened with additional responsibilities, such as having kids at home full-time. What’s also good about this approach to supervised care is that it’s provided at home by trained caregivers who know how to take appropriate precautions. At an assisted living facility, your loved one may be exposed to several people who may have the virus, but at home, he or she can rely on only being cared for by a single caregiver. In-home care is a safer way to minimize outside contact in a way that’s still comfortable.
Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Sacramento, CA, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Reach out to one of our Care Managers today at 916.706.0169 to learn more about our high-quality home care services.
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://homecareassistance.com/covid-19.