Reduce “Invisible” Pandemic Risk With COVID-19 Elderly Care In Clinton Township
Infection isn’t the only risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Seniors must also contend with “invisible” and indirect risks associated with sheltering-in-place alone—but our elderly care team is here to help!
Read on to learn how our COVID-19 elderly care service is enhancing seniors’ safety, comfort, and quality of life during the pandemic, or call (586)-690-7500 to speak directly with a COVID-19 elderly care coordinator near you.
“Invisible” Pandemic Risks Disproportionately Affect Seniors
For seniors, the risks associated with COVID-19 infection are well-established. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risks of COVID-19 are positively correlated with our age, so that the older we are, the more likely we are to be hospitalized by the virus.
By now, you’re probably well aware of the preventative measures you can take to reduce that risk, which include getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands. And if your loved ones are receiving support from our elderly care teams, all of these COVID-19 safety protocols are already firmly in place.
But infection isn’t the only pandemic risk that disproportionately affects seniors. According to a new report by US News, lifestyle changes associated with pandemic isolation, such as declining physical activity and inconsistent caregiver support, have greatly increased seniors’ risks of falling.
“More than a third of the 2,074 US adults aged 50 to 80 who took part in the online survey in January reported a decline in physical activity in the first 10 months of the pandemic,” reports Robert Preidt (2021, August 3). “And 27% said their physical conditioning—flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance—had worsened.”
Consequently, more than one-third (36%) of Michigan seniors now report an increased fear of falling, and a quarter of respondents said that they had at least one serious fall since the pandemic began.
In addition to falling, some other “invisible” pandemic risks include:
- Social isolation and loneliness as a result of stringent social distancing protocols
- Poor nutrition as a result of less frequent visits to grocery stores during lockdowns
- Increased risk of medication mismanagement due to the reduction of in-person healthcare visits and/or medication monitoring from elderly caregivers
Unfortunately, all of these “invisible” pandemic risks disproportionately affect seniors—but all of these risks can also be mitigated with the help of our COVID-19 elderly care services.
Reduce “Invisible” Pandemic Risks With COVID-19 Elderly Care
In addition to enforcing COVID-19 safety protocols at-home, out-and-about, and during visits with friends and family, our COVID-19 elderly care service can reduce “invisible” pandemic risks in the following ways:
- Reduce the risks of slip-and-fall injuries by decluttering the home; installing anti-slip mats, grab bars, and other anti-slip safety products; ensuring all areas of the home are properly lit; enhancing your loved one’s balance and fall-resilience with proper nutrition, exercise, and rest; providing assisting with difficult activities of daily living; and monitoring your loved one at all times.
- Eliminate the risks of social isolation by providing meaningful conversation and companionship, whenever and wherever it’s needed, and facilitating COVID-safe visits with friends and family.
- Improve senior nutrition while sheltering-in-place by providing COVID-safe food deliveries and preparing fresh, healthy, home-cooked meals according to our clients’ unique dietary needs and preferences.
- Assist with medication management by facilitating better telehealth consultations and ensuring all dosage/administering instructions are followed.
Book A Free COVID-19 Elderly Care Consultation In Clinton Township
For the past 11 years, we’ve been helping seniors age successfully with personalized elderly care solutions, ranging from simple housekeeping and companionship to intensive, live-in support. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably changed countless aspects of our daily lives, our commitment to improving seniors’ comfort, safety, and quality of life remains the same.
To learn more about about how we can help your loved one thrive through the pandemic, you can: