The COVID-19 pandemic continues to maraude the world. With vaccines around the corner from Moderna, Pfizer-B there is great hope that Covid19 will begin to get under control.
Having said that, the world is still far away from smooth inter-country travel. NRIs settled in the US, the UK, Singapore, Australia, and other countries continue to grapple with situations in their respective countries while worrying about parents back home.
Engaging with NRIs on a regular basis Elder Care listen to their concern for parents. At times just helping them or offering to help irrespective of their status with us. As for the NRI parents we are working with, Elder Care Officers stay in touch via phone and regular visits, taking extensive precautions. Ensuring zero physical contact and exposure. Provide assistance by giving the necessary help in terms of grocery deliveries and other chores they might need help for.
Considering elderly are at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection due to their decreased immunity and body reserves and in some cases existence of multiple associated co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
We would like to share a few tips to keep your elders or seniors safe.
• Nothing relaxes the mind more than books. Remember the movie Namesake, where Irfan Khan tells his son, Gogol, “Books are the way you see the world.” Encourage them to read
• Opt for socialising through social media as opposed to meeting people, encourage them to surf the internet to keep them occupied, and get connected through phone calls
• Request them to order your essential things like medicines, grocery online, or on the phone
• Encourage them to wash and sanitize hands frequently, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, and sneezing
• Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing and wash your hands/sanitize them after throwing the tissue in a closed bin
• Avoid touching surfaces in public places – elevator/ lift buttons, door handles, handrails. Use a tissue or their sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something
• If they must go out and meeting someone, remind them to avoid shaking hands and maintain a minimum of 3 feet distance when meeting people
• Keep household items and groceries on hand to be prepared to stay at home for a considerable period of time
• Insist that they insist that the household helps also sanitize their hands while entering your home and ask them to keep their footwear out
• Get them help to clean and disinfect home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (For example tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones) using an available disinfectant