When it comes to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, older people are especially vulnerable to severe illness. Research is showing that adults 60 and older, especially those with preexisting medical conditions, especially heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or cancer are more likely to have severe — even deadly — coronavirus infection than other age groups.
If you are caring for an older loved one, you might be worried. We are sharing important tips about what you need to know to keep elderly people safer, and what to do if they do become infected with COVID-19.
Keep yourself well
First and most important, as a caretaker you should take all the precautions you can to avoid becoming infected yourself. Here are the basics:
Practice physical distancing but not social isolation
One important way to lower the risk of your older family members catching COVID-19 is to limit in-person visits. But this may be tough for older adults who cherish time spent with friends and family members. Social isolation may have negative impact on seniors mental health, hence time has come to encourage them to use technology to connect with others beyond borders. Sprituality and faith plays important role in seniors life, therefore caregivers might help their loved one access online services and outreach for spiritual solace and support.”
Technology for Staying Connected
To help older adults feel involved, purposeful and less lonely during the pandemic:
Keep elders involved
We recommend giving homebound older adults a project they can work on like organizing old photos and memorabilia together, enjoying the stories ,preparing lifebook cooking new receipe, gardening . They can keep themselves engaged on our website with several tools like online games, entertainment and leisure and fun activities.