Taking Safety Precautions For Elderly Folk During Covid-19

Corona virus has proven to be particularly more dangerous to elderly people and those with weaker immune systems. It is a difficult time for families, the economy and the world altogether. Since covid-19 puts our elderly family members at high risk, we want to dedicate this post to help you learn to keep them safe during this trying time.

Covid-19 symptoms can occur like this:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Elevated temperature
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Pain and aches

Being able to identify the symptoms will give you a “head start” in seeking treatment for your loved one. But, since it “mirrors” similar symptoms to that of a cold and the flu, some people assume it’s just the common cold.

But just because elderly people are more at risk, it doesn’t mean that if you’re young and taking care of your senior family member that you don’t risk contracting it. Everyone is at risk and must be cautious at all times.

Tips to help manage whether your elderly loved one lives alone or with you:

  • Always wear a facemask when you go out
  • Avoid going out except for essentials
  • Carry your sanitiser close while you’re out
  • If your elderly loved one resides with you, make sure that you also stay in as much as possible
  • Clean and sanitise the living spaces of the home

Help them strengthen their immune system


Eat well

A strong immune system is vital for fighting colds, the flu and bacterial infections to name a few.
If your senior parent lives with you, make sure they are getting a nourishing, balanced diet. If they have diabetes or other health conditions, be certain that their diet doesn’t compromise their wellbeing.

There are many delicious fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins, antioxidants and the goodness needed for a healthy body.

Help them get exercise
Exercise is very important, yet many of us miss this part. Elderly people may find it harder to lead an active lifestyle if they are already dealing with pain due to arthritis or other medical condition.

You can help them by going for a walk with them. In this instance, staying indoors is better to keep them from being unnecessarily exposed to the covid-19 virus.

Walking at home along with senior yoga can help improve blood circulation and to strengthen the immune system and joints. Because most of the stretches are done in a chair aka “chair yoga”, it thus is low impact and better for an elderly person.

Reduce the risk of anxiety and depression during covid-19

The feeling of isolation is very overwhelming and the fact that you cannot visit family can make this feeling worse.
If your senior loved-one is feeling ill seek urgent help. If they cannot self-isolate, then there are facilities that can help make this possible through quarantine and medical treatment.

Don’t let them watch the news all the time
Yes, it’s good to stay up to date with what’s happening on the covid-19 front, but too much negative news can lead to depressing feelings.

Stretch and meditate
Apart from exercise that will help to improve physical well-being, your loved one can do some breathing exercises too. The more we breathe deeply the more our body lowers stress hormones.

Talk to the family
If your elderly loved one is in your care, make time to call the family and let them chat. While we can’t always be close to each other during isolation, we can still video or voice call the family.

Family support for your senior parent

Visiting your elderly loved ones in senior care is good as this will boost morale, but it isn’t always advisable. Senior care homes may restrict visitations from family to reduce the risk of exposing the community.

At Brooklyn Care, the health care personnel works around the clock to make sure that everyone is looked after. Facilities perform regular tests and checks to prevent any breakouts.

FAQ: Taking Safety Precautions For Elderly Folk During Covid-19

How can one prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face

Are the elderly more vulnerable to the coronavirus disease?
Yes older people are facing the most threats and challenges at this time

What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
14 days

Can people recover from coronavirus disease?
Yes

Can you contract the coronavirus disease by touching a surface?
Yes you can contract coronavirus by touching a surface

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