Our core value of family is of great importance to us, especially during this time. We understand that it may be difficult to know how to help elderly relatives, friends, or neighbors. These tips from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) can help.
- Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand. Many health insurers are allowing for early refills.
- Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
- Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand to minimize trips to stores.
- If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently, and understand the protocol during this emergency.
- Help with disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
One more way to help is the make sure the elderly doesn’t respond to scams. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the coronavirus. Tips from the Federal Trade Commission include watching for emails claiming to be from the CDC saying they have information about the virus and ignoring online offers for vaccinations.