In this video, we are recording from our homes, talking with Dr. Rebecca Montano, PhD: 25 years of experience working with aging adults to navigate their quality of life decisions. Dr. Montano is owner of Aging Focused Care Management Services. Now more than ever, understand why you should consider having an Aging Life Care Specialist in your corner prior to your personal health crisis and emergency. Get a PLAN.
Health Recommendations for People of All Ages
One thing that is important to know is that this virus is impacting people of all ages. People over 60 with chronic illnesses (diabetes, congestive heart failure, dementia) are our highest concern. If you are a healthy 60-year-old, it is ok to be volunteering as long as you are following the health recommendations:
- Washing your hands frequently
- Not touching doorways or handrails (or washing immediately after touching things in a public space)
- Don’t touch your face
- Practice the distance requirement of at least 6 feet between people
She is advising caregivers and families to use gloves for personal care with the older adult you are caring for, then removing the gloves and using fresh gloves as needed.
Stay at Home Mandate
California governor mandated a “Stay at Home” order. This mandate means that everyone should stay home unless they are essential workers – such as healthcare providers, caregivers for older adults, aging life care managers, or volunteers to assist with certain activities.
If you are in good health, you might choose to volunteer. But keep in mind that some of these volunteer activities can be done from home, such as calling the person. Pick up the phone to see how they are doing. Ask questions and engage them in conversation to battle the isolation that seniors are facing.
What Should You Do If You Feel Sick?
If someone starts to feel sick, what should they do? Use precautions as you would normally with the flu. If an older adult has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.), it is wise to call the doctor. Don’t rush people to the emergency room or urgent care, which could put the patient in harm’s way when it could have been something simple.
Families and caregivers need to be aware of the normal activity and baseline health of each person in the home. Decide whether the health changes are significant, to avoid mistaking it for something it isn’t. Sometimes it can be hard to tell, especially when a person is feeling isolated and caught up in their own thoughts.
For more information about Coronavirus tips for older adults, watch the video to hear the full interview. Here at Greenwald & Gerke, we are sharing information to help our community maintain good health in these unusual circumstances. Our team is here to assist if you have questions about real estate services in retirement: (844) 782-9674.
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