Who’s At Risk For Coronavirus?

Coronavirus targets elderly, overweight, diabetic, and other otherwise at-risk individuals.

Yet many of the caregivers of those individual also struggle with those same issues.

  • Excessive Weight Gain is significant issue for many caregivers
  • Caregivers often fail to see to their medical needs …while struggling to care for another
  • Caregivers consistently deal with high stress circumstances which comprise our abilities to stay healthy.

Staying out of the hospital is imperative …they can be a brick and mortar petri dish.  In my 34 years of caregving for Gracie, all of her significant infections ( and one of mine) came from being in the hospital. While we can’t avoid them permanently, we can minimize the need to go there by implementing a few common sense measures.

Reducing FALL RISKS

More than 9 Million ER Visits each year due to falls

  • Over 65 group represent 69% of hospitalization cau
  • sed by falls
  • Caregivers can reduce fall risks for themselves and their loved ones by:
  • Well-lit rooms
  • Remove fall hazards such as throw rugs
  • Install grab bars in bathrooms
  • If you have a pedestal sink in bathroom, replace with a cabinet or ensure it’s secured properly (People use it to lean on)
  • Wear comfortable shoes and avoid heels.
  • Make multiple trips to the car …instead of trying to carry too much into the house. Caregivers are often in a hurry …and that’s when accidents happen

HEALTH TIPS

    1. Keep bathrooms and kitchen areas clean
    2. Watch for mold/mildew buildup
    3. Hydrate
    4. Make sure to thoroughly clean CPAP and other breathing assisted devices (for both caregivers and patients)
    5. More healthcare treatment goes on in the home with caregivers than in the doctor’s office .  Rest UP! 

Tech:

Consider an app/telemedicine service to avoid getting loved ones out for routine physician visits …particularly on damp days.

When it comes to fighting this virus, all hands need to be on deck—but the caregiver’s hands are often overlooked.  Roll up those sleeves, wash those hands (singing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing ensures the proper amount of time), and keep yourself healthy. 

“Healthy Caregivers Make Better Caregivers!”