In the world of COVID-19, it seems as though everything is moving a mile a minute. With all of us in uncharted territory, it makes sense to be slightly confused. Thus, the following will act as a few dos and don’ts for safe social distancing for seniors.
Do Socially Distance
The CDC has recommended this period of social distancing. Staying within our homes is the only way to help our medical staff from being overwhelmed and to flatten the curve of this outbreak. It is also the best tactic for keeping senior citizens and other high risk individuals from potentially catching something bad.
Don’t Socially Isolate Yourself
Although social distance is being implemented, it is not synonymous with social isolation! That’s why it’s important to reach out to your loved ones. A phone call can go a long way for someone in isolation, especially a senior. Schedule zoom calls, or do research on remote community activities. Who knows: there could be an online bingo tournament with your name on it!
Do Wash Your Hands
As it stands, senior’s best defense against this virus are socially distancing and regularly washing their hands. Make sure to wash hands for the full 20 seconds, and make certain to reach places that are often missed in hand washing. These places include the backs on the palms, the flesh between the fingers, and under the nails.
If a senior is unable to effectively reach all areas, they can always have a home health aide or quarantined caregiver assist!
Don’t Uncover Your Face
As of this moment, the findings are that this novel coronavirus is the most harmful to those 65+ and with preexisting conditions. Thus, with this information, everyone should wear face coverings when in public settings. This is for healthy caregivers and seniors alike.
This is due to the fact that a large majority of the people spreading COVID-19 are asymptomatic. In their COVID-19 study, NPR revealed that nearly 78% of patients display no symptoms whatsoever. Thus, whenever entering the public sphere, wear a face mask: it’s better to play it safe than sorry!
Do Maintain Healthy Habits
While at home, it’s easy to fall into the couch potato mentality – especially since many public outings and receptacles for working out have been shut down. Yet, just because one space has closed does not mean that all methods for physical activity have been lost.
Some of the best activities for seniors can be accomplished in the safety of the home, and with the help of a home health aide. Seniors can practice stretching, yoga, or any form of online workout from the comfort of their own home!