While the coronavirus outbreak has been a scary time for people throughout the world, the risk of infection and complications posed for seniors leads to a lot more questions than answers. Common questions include; How are those with mobility issues or compromised immune systems supposed to get what they need? What’s the best way to prevent contracting this disease during necessary activities? What options are available to me to stay connected with my loved ones?
Luckily, communities have come together to help answer these questions, and make these uncertain times a bit more manageable for their elderly loved ones. To make sure seniors get everything they need, the team at Hippo has broken down what seniors need to know about the coronavirus and how to protect themselves and their homes throughout this pandemic.
Watch Out For Bacterial Hotspots
Though sheltering in place has been recommended across the country to help slow the spread of coronavirus, sometimes it isn’t always possible. Whether you are getting groceries delivered or scheduling a maintenance appointment, people entering your home to delivery necessities means that extra cleaning is needed.
Seniors should commit to daily cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, including (but not limited to) doorknobs and light switches especially surfaces that may have been touched by those not living in their home. For a full list of bacterial hotspots broken down by room, check out the graphic below.
Helping Seniors Stay Social
Though this pandemic is keeping families and loved ones physically apart for the sake of their health, it’s also bringing people together emotionally. Technology such as video chat services, multiplayer games and collaborative movie-watching websites allow families to participate in their favorite activities together, even when they are apart. And luckily, many of these apps aren’t too difficult to get started with, meaning even tech newbie seniors can get in on the fun.
How to Get Necessary Repairs
One issue many seniors may not have considered is how to approach appliance repairs or other home needs during this pandemic. Though some smaller repairs may be able to be put off until their risk is lowered, others (such as a broken AC or fridge) simply can’t wait. For these repairs, setting up an in-home repair appointment can be done safely with the proper precautions.
Many home maintenance services are offering pay-by-phone or online services, to help decrease physical contact and exposure. It’s also important that seniors take the time to set up their home before the appointment, clearing a walkway to the broken appliance and setting out cleaning supplies and a tip ahead of time. To minimize the risk of contact spreading, both seniors and the worker should be wearing masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
The coronavirus has upended a lot about our day to day lives. However, with proper preparation and care, seniors can stay healthy while still getting the services they need. To learn more about grocery delivery, telemedicine services, and senior and family risk factors, check out this coronavirus homecare roundup for a complete breakdown.