COVID19 & THE ELDERLY: WHAT YOU CAN DO
During these difficult times, there are several things families can do to keep their elderly safe. Here are a few issues to keep in mind:
Keep the elderly at home at all times. Let others buy them food and run errands.
Be more vigilant of your elderly’s condition and alert their doctor right away if their condition changes, especially if you see the telltale signs of coronavirus: fever, persistent cough, and shortness of breath.
No matter how hard it is, keep family members, friends and visitors away, or at least practise social distancing, hence staying 1.8 meters (6 feet) distance from them.
Consider using telemedicine as the first option if the elderly person’s condition changes. In Malaysia, Doc2Us and TELLME, and several others, offer such services.
Wipe down surfaces periodically using a safe disinfectant.
Make sure your elderly loved ones continue to stay active by exercising to the extent possible.
Continue to ensure your elderly loved ones eat well.
Ensure they are still taking their medications. Even see if they can get an extra supply, just to be sure if this pandemic lasts a while, and supplies tighten up.
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