Cold and flu season is more threatening to you as an elder, but an outbreak of epic proportions, such as the current COVID-19 situation, is far more precarious. While the world is going through dramatic changes, from social distancing to the toilet paper shortage, how will your home health care be affected, if at all? The following are a few changes you should anticipate as the outbreak rages on.
Your Home Care Workers May Look A Little Different
The threat of germs always looms darker for some professions over others, but with this particular outbreak, people everywhere need to take extra precautions. Your helpers may show up with masks and gloves, and they may sanitize or wash their hands even more than normal. They might also ask that you take extreme measures yourself, just to be on the safe side. Wash your hands often, making sure you do so for a good length of time and use handy sanitizing wipes on doorknobs and other commonly-touched surfaces.
There Might Be Different Workers Coming To Help You
During a pandemic, schools might close; thus, your regular help will need to stay home with the children, leaving you with substitute workers. These substitutes will still be just as friendly and efficient though, so you have nothing to be concerned about.
They Will Make Sure You Have Extra Medication And Supplies
Things can change rapidly during any outbreak and you should always be prepared for nearly anything. See that you have extra medications and other essential items, in case your home help must miss a day or two. Having a stash of needed items is always a good idea anyway.
You May Be Checked Frequently For A Fever And Other Symptoms
If you get a case of the sniffles, sneezes, or other cold and flu-like symptoms, you'll probably be monitored closely for COVID-19 symptoms. Don't panic; this is standard procedure and an efficient means of staying one step ahead of any issue.
You'll Be Advised Against Going Out, If That's Something You Normally Do
While anyone can be susceptible to a virus, the elderly are more vulnerable to COVID-19, particularly if there's heart or lung disease present. If your home care worker ordinarily takes you out shopping or to your favorite cafe, such excursions will likely be cancelled. However, going for walks, without crowds, may still be acceptable.
Everyone Will Be A Little Nervous
Even the most seasoned professionals may be a bit anxious during a pandemic, but everyone must learn to "go with the flow". You'll cast knowing glances at each other, turn the news up louder and be glued to your most trusted sources of information. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy time in your day, too, though, especially since better moods are healthier for the immune system.
Some Appointments May Be Postponed
Your usual, non-essential appointments may have to wait a while until the proper officials believe it's safe for everyone, especially the more vulnerable members of the population, to meander about again. Stay in touch with your healthcare providers via calls and/or emails, but don't hesitate to call them if you have an urgent problem.
As a senior, you're always taking extra steps to ensure your health and safety, but during this time, be even more vigilant. Expect some changes in the care you receive, the appointments that are available to you and life in general. Don't forget to keep your spirits and optimism up, though, because ultimately, that's best for everyone.
If you or a loved one requires at-home services, speak with a local home care provider to learn more about this service during these times.