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If you live with an elderly parent who has COVID-19, it’s critical that you take measures to prevent the virus from spreading to you or others in the house.
FREMONT, CA: Despite the availability of a coronavirus vaccination, the virus continues to spread. You and your family may still be in danger of catching the virus, and we want you to be prepared if that happens. We understand that receiving a diagnosis can be frightening, especially if a parent or elder relative has the virus. There are, however, several things you can do to support your parent and assist them in regaining their health.
Here are five ways to take care of elderly parents with Covid-19:
Follow the Doctor’s Instructions
If your loved one has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you will most likely receive detailed directions from a doctor to care for them. Isolation, the use of personal protection equipment (PPE), and other instructions may be included. Always follow the doctor’s instructions.
Create a Safe Environment for Loved One
It’s critical to create a separate atmosphere for your parent to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. This area should be comfortable and include all of the conveniences they may require, such as a restroom and a bed. When feasible, limit your parent’s contact with other home members and follow social distancing recommendations. Keeping your loved one confined to their house can help prevent the infection from spreading.
Appoint a Family Caregiver
It’s critical to appoint one family member to care for your loved one while they’re recovering at home. This individual should not fall into the COVID-19 high-risk category. The only individual who should have direct contact with your parent should be this family caregiver. They can help with daily duties such as showering, using the bathroom, brushing one’s teeth, and so on. For each interaction, however, this family member should wear clean PPE. PPE can contain gloves, a face mask, and even a gown to avoid contracting the virus.
Disinfect the Home
As your parent has been isolated to a single room in the house, you must sterilize and disinfect surfaces frequently when caring for your loved one at home. According to studies, the virus can persist in the air and on hard surfaces in the house for a few hours. Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and other surfaces are all common places to disinfect.
Wash Hands Frequently
Wash your hands frequently, even if you are not the one who is actively caring for your parent. Make sure to clean between your fingers and around your nails for at least 20 seconds after washing your hands. In case of direct or indirect contact with your loved one, wash your hands immediately before eating or touching your face.