You can’t help but hear about the novel coronavirus whenever you turn on the television, radio, or a computer. COVID-19 has taken over the attention of the U.S. and there are no questions why this is. It is a new virus that no one really has much experience with, and the disastrous way that it has been handled in other countries has led to a much higher death total than what it should have been. There are a number of reasons why this has happened, but whatever way you look at it, it is clear that the elderly population is at a much higher risk of this disease than younger populations are.
And it’s because of this reason that a lot of senior care facilities have found it necessary to drastically restrict the number of people that can come and visit residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other care areas. By limiting visitors, seniors are kept safer and the issues that China, Italy, and other nations have faced can be partially reduced.
We’ve all heard the term “social distancing” by now. It means you should stay away from people that are sick and stay away from others if you are sick. If you don’t need to meet with someone and you’re not one hundred percent sure that you are not carrying something, stay away from them. Studies have consistently shown that this will limit the number of people who will get sick during the course of a pandemic. It’s not a perfect solution, but it will help to keep people healthier.
Unfortunately, the elderly are the most vulnerable people right now. And to keep them safe, we need to refrain from spending as much time as we normally would with older loved ones. A lot of places have cut off visitors so that no one who does not need to be present is there. The reality of this is that families do not have the same access to their older loved ones that they would like to have.
Technology is one easy way to stay in touch with the people that you love. Through the use of smartphones, tablets, and computers, it’s easier than ever to keep in touch with the people that you care about while staying away from them in order to ensure health. Speak with the people at your loved one’s facility if you’d like to get a loved one set up with the tech necessary to do this.
This is not going to last forever. By staying away for a few weeks or maybe months, we can protect the people that we love with a little bit more efficacy. When this passes over, we can go back to regular visits like we’d like to do. And when we do, we won’t have to worry about accidentally getting someone sick. It seems like a drastic measure because it’s different, but it’s one designed to help your elderly loved ones live the best life that they can over the coming weeks. Senior care is supposed to help the people that we love stay as happy and as healthy as possible, and for now, this seems like the best way to ensure that this continues to happen.