With increased vulnerability, the aging population faces unique challenges for facing COVID-19. However, there are a few things that can be done to help navigate this time successfully.
1. Limit needs to leave the home
Public places can be a place of risk as it presents exposure to others who may be asymptomatic carriers. By reducing the need to leave home, you can also reduce your risk. Try services like grocery delivery, mail order medications, and online banking to limit the need to leave the house.
2. Ensure best practices
Whether in or out of the home, there are best practices that we can each follow to limit our risk. Make sure you are practicing proper handwashing techniques, disinfecting high touch surfaces regularly, avoiding touching your face, and wearing a face mask in public.
3. Monitor for symptoms
Establishing a network to monitor your symptoms can help ensure you receive care as needed. Work with a loved one to check in on you daily or establish Companion Calls with VRI for regular check ins.
4. Set up tools to overcome social isolation
While staying at home reduces your risk of exposure to COVID-19, it can also be isolating. Keep yourself connected by setting up regular calls with your loved ones and consider personal emergency responses systems to connect you to support 24/7.
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