How Caregivers Can Protect Their Loved Ones from Coronavirus

How Caregivers Can Protect Their Loved Ones from Coronavirus
Caregivers are on the front line in the fight against the new coronavirus. We aren’t facing it down the same way as medical professionals and researchers are, but we are among the enlisted. Seniors and those with compromised immune systems have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means that the 65 or older demographic who make up most of those with Alzheimer’s disease are at increased risk. So caregivers have a role in the fight, and like good soldiers, we must be equipped for the battle. A balanced perspective It’s not the media’s intention to freak us out, but a constant consumption of news reports on the disease will do that. Focus on the facts surrounding the disease and how they affect you. Act on those facts and don’t allow fear to drive your perspective. Wringing our hands in fear of what might happen is useless, though thoroughly washing hands has a direct effect on how the disease is spread. That action alone can change the trajectory of the disease and, in turn, protect your loved one. Not sharing is caring Humans are creatures of habit. Some of our habits and practices aren’t necessarily bad, but during a pandemic they need to be assessed. The coronavirus can spread from an infected person before they even show symptoms. You could be a carrier of the COVID-19 virus — though this is more likely if you meet the CDC criteria of those at increased risk. The person you provide care to also could be a carrier. Don’t eat from each other's plates or share utensils or straws. Take precautions when preparing and serving food. Bleach and other cleaners Antibacterial detergents and cleaners are useful for killing bacteria on surfaces at home. Wipe down doorknobs, han
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  1. susan klee says:

    also: could we have some info about Covid19 masks that Alzzzzzheimer’s patients could wear that can’t be removed?
    [sorryy some keys aren’t working!]

    thank you

    • Ray Burow says:

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you for the question. Unfortunately, there’s nothing much you can do to keep a mask on an Alzheimer’s patient. They may not remember why wearing the mask is necessary and will constantly remove it. The only solution for keeping your loved one safe from the virus, is to continue following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines. Continue to thoroughly wash hands and also assist the patient with proper hand washing. Limit the person’s exposure to people from the outside, and the caregiver and loved ones in the home may need to alter their personal lifestyle a bit. For instance, do not eat after one another and take extra precaution when preparing meals, etc. If someone within the household falls ill, isolate them in a separate room.

      I hope this helps, Susan. We wish you and your loved ones good health through the coronavirus pandemic.


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