SAFETY TIPS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS DURING COVID-19

01.

Limit Unnecessary Travel

Limit unnecessary travel whenever possible.
If you don’t need to go out, please don’t. This includes grocery store and family visits unless absolutely necessary. If you have a loved one, friend, or caregiver who can go to the store for you, that would be better. 

02.

Reschedule Doctor Appointments

Non-essential doctor appointments, like check-ups and follow-ups, can wait and be rescheduled for another time. This will limit your chances of potentially being exposed to the virus. If you’re able to schedule a virtual visit with your doctor, that would be better. If you’re sick and need immediate medical assistance, please call your physician or a doctor ahead of visiting. This will give them a chance to prepare for your arrival and protect other patients and staff. 

03.

Protect yourself

If you don’t have a family member, friend, or caregiver who can assist you with routine needs like grocery store visits or errands, then use barriers for extra protection. When going out, use a clean tissue to touch door handles and sanitizing wipes for carts at stores. Make sure you get the items you need like food, medications, hygienic products, and other essentials you may need. 

04.

Prepare meals early

Try preparing meals ahead of time when possible.
One way to help with avoiding food prep on a daily basis is to prepare any meals ahead of time if you can. This will provide assurance of what you have on hand. You can also freeze certain foods and have them ready. 

05.

Keep Clean

Sanitize high-traffic areas regularly and practice good personal hygiene. For areas of your home that you use frequently, try to keep them sanitized with wipes or disinfectant spray on a regular basis. This will help to cut down on germs. For personal hygiene, if you cough or sneeze cover your nose and mouth with a clean tissue or the bend of your elbow.

06.

Practice Social Distancing

It can be hard avoiding a hug or handshake from a family member or friend, but practicing social distancing is important. Instead of reaching for their hand, one alternative is a Namaste or a kind wave. You can still let them know that you care but want to try to keep them and yourself safe.

07.

Keep Active

Make sure you still flex those muscles when you can, even for just brief periods of the day. You can walk around inside your home, walk around the yard, or do traditional exercises. Try to stay active even during this time while at home. Join an online forum where you can meet and chat with peers. 

08.

Be Connected

Keep in touch with family members or friends through different means like phone calls, video calls, and text messaging. A simple phone call is easy to do and can prevent feelings of loneliness. Although this is a trying time for many families worldwide, we each can do our part in staying connected, helping where we can, and making sure those who are more vulnerable stay safe.

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