If you are at home with parents, grandparents, or elderly grandmothers, you must give extra attention and care to them amid this COVID-19 pandemic because they are more at risk of contracting the Coronavirus.
Coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that attacks the respiratory system. This virus is more comfortable to bombard people with weak immune systems. One of them is the elderly (elderly), which is a group of people whose age is more than 60 years.
Tips for Caring for the Elderly During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Besides being more susceptible to being infected with the Coronavirus, the elderly can also experience more severe symptoms when exposed to COVID-19, especially the elderly who have heart, lung, or diabetes.
This is because the immune system of the elderly has weakened, and the work of the body’s organs is also generally not optimal and may even have experienced interference. In these conditions, the virus will more easily multiply and cause damage and aggravate existing disorders.
Now, to treat the elderly at home and prevent it from contracting COVID-19 disease, do the following tips:
1. Maintain personal health
As a person who treats or direct contact with the elderly, you must be more careful in protecting yourself from the Coronavirus. This is to reduce the risk of you transmitting the Coronavirus to the elderly you care for.
Wash your hands often with soap and running water, and increase endurance by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. Also, reduce traveling outside the home when there is no urgent need. When you have to go outside, wear a mask, and apply physical distancing.
2. Minimize the risk of the elderly being exposed to the Coronavirus
Make sure you always wash your hands before and after helping the elderly to move. If you are still active outside the home, change all your clothes before seeing or caring for the elderly. If necessary, use a cloth mask while in the vicinity of the elderly.
Also, frequently clean items in the house that are often touched by residents of the house, especially by the elderly, for example, door handles or telephones.
3. Take care of the health of the elderly
Take care of the health of the elderly by providing healthy and certainly hygienic food. Choose foods with balanced nutrition that contain protein, good fats, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. Apart from being a source of energy, healthy food can also strengthen the immune system of the elderly.
Invite the elderly to do light physical exercise or stretching muscles for at least 20-30 minutes every day. This is important to maintain muscle strength and balance of the elderly so that they are not easily injured. It would be better if physical exercise is done while basking in the morning sun.
If possible, carry out routine checks at home, such as checking blood pressure, temperature, blood sugar levels, or blood cholesterol levels. Ask if there are complaints that bother him, especially if the elderly do have a history of chronic diseases, such as diabetes or stroke.
If the elderly experience symptoms of Coronavirus infection, do self-isolation immediately and call the COVID-19 hotline at 119 Ext. 9 to get further direction.
4. Limit travel outside the home
During the COVID-19 pandemic as it is today, everyone is encouraged to stay at home except to buy food or urgent needs, for example seeking emergency medical help.
Even though the elderly at home are still fit and active, they still limit their travel, let alone hanging out with others. The reason, the risk of being infected in a place that many people are far higher than at home.
If the elderly at home have a disease that needs to take medication regularly and control it to the doctor, don’t forget to remind him to take medicine, usually according to the doctor’s recommendations. However, as long as the situation is excellent, postpone routine control to the doctor for a while.
If you need a consultation with a doctor, do it online through a health application that has a direct chat feature with a doctor.
5. Apply physical distancing
While in the house, physical distancing is still essential to apply. Limit the visits of people who usually come home to meet the elderly. Fellow residents also need to keep their distance during meeting the elderly, especially if you are sick.
However, you also need to remember, do not let this make the elderly feel shunned and alienated from others, yes. They are still allowed to carry out social interaction anyway. Socializing and establishing communication with others is essential to maintain the mood of the elderly is always excellent while at home, but there needs to be a limit.
6. Teach the elderly how to use gadgets or devices
Being at home every day can make anyone bored, including the elderly. So they don’t feel tired, teach them how to use gadgets or devices. Through gadgets, they can make video calls with families who do not live in the same house or relatives, without the need for face to face.
Not only that, but they can also be entertained with a wide selection of games that can be downloaded easily and watch a lot of movies or videos they like.
The elderly are usually advised not to do too much exercise, especially those that are draining, or the risk of injury is high. However, that does not mean they should not do any activity.
So that the elderly do not get bored, you need to give them activities while at home. If they like to cook, invite them to cook together. But, make sure the tasks they do are light and harmless, yes.
If they want to knit, paint, or care for flowers, complete their hobby needs and let them keep on creating. In addition to making them active in moving, doing a hobby can also make their mood better and not cranky during silence at home.
Living with an older person in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic like this requires you to be more careful, both in taking care of their health and yourself. You also have to be patient because caring for an older person in this condition is not easy.