Managing Senior Health During COVID-19
While COVID-19 continues to threaten the senior population, it is important to remember that any health conditions that a person faces can turn into a dangerous problem if they are not properly managed. If you have a senior loved one who is self-isolating due to COVID, it may be up to you to ensure that they receive proper care. Here is what to keep in mind:
Medications: If you have a loved-on sheltering in place, medications may run out. Stopping a prescription medication without the supervision of a doctor, especially if that medication is supposed to be taken on a continuous basis, can create a problem.
Make sure your senior loved one has all of their medications and is watching the levels closely. When medications run low, you’ll want to plan for a refill, which usually involves contacting the prescribing care provider. If a medication runs out, refill as soon as possible.
Doctor’s Appointments: While regular checkups are important for everyone, they are especially vital for seniors. With COVID, going to the doctor can be a tough choice. However, if your loved one has a pending checkup- be it with a specialist, a general practitioner, a dentist, or even an eye doctor- make sure that you contact that healthcare provider.
Remember, your healthcare provider is doing their best as a medical professional to ensure that their patients are safe and have likely implemented additional safety procedures to protect their patients from exposure to COVID.
Manage Your Information: The CDC continues to issue updated guidelines for both medical professionals and the general population. The CDC guidelines are based on current research and are often much more accurate than anything shared over social media.
The Home Care Alternative: Certain types of care can be brought to your loved one safely and efficiently by trained medical professionals. At Allure Home Care, we are taking every precaution to ensure that our caretakers and our patients remain safe as we bring home care to seniors in need.
While COVID continues to pose a threat, it is important to remain vigilant and to continue to protect vulnerable members of our population. If you think that your loved one can benefit from home care, contact us today!