Caring for Older Adults During COVID-19
Supporting Elders During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The National Council on Aging (NCOA Blog) has released the following suggestions from such reputable sites as the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Trade Commission during this time of uncertainty.
The Centers for Disease Control has provided several suggestions for people to follow. These include:
- Find out what medications the person is on and make certain they have extra on hand.
- Learn if they have food and other supplies on hand. Discuss a back-up plan if needed.
- Help them build up a supply of non-perishable foods to have on hand such as can goods.
- If a family member or friend is living in a nursing home of assisted living facility, check on them and the situation. Find out if others in the facility are ill and what plans are in place to address an outbreak.
In addition to the CDC recommendations, the Federal Trade Commission also highlights the importance of being alert to scams regarding COVID-19. This includes emails and telephone solicitors, etc., trying to sell products that will “cure” or prevent the virus. Elders can be susceptible to scams at all times of the year. Letting our loved ones know these are not credible products is key.
In addition to the above, take time to call and check in on aging family members, friends and neighbors. As they focus on staying away from those who might be sick, their potential for loneliness can increase. Letting them know you care is key. You might also consider sending them a card, letter or other note. Showing others you care is always a good thing to do regardless of the current state of affairs.