Five Ways to Keep Older Adults Safe During Coronavirus

You’ve stockpiled masks and Purell, washed your hands a million times, and developed a sixth sense for determining how far someone is standing from you. But no matter how many precautions you take for yourself, you still worry about the health and well-being of your older loved ones. To help your loved one manage their risk, while also putting your mind at ease, we’ve compiled a list of practical steps you can take right away to keep the older adults in your life stay connected and safe.


Start by talking to your loved one about your concerns, especially if they are skeptical about the severity of COVID-19 and the importance of preventative measures. Resources from websites like the CDC and National Institutes of Health can also help reinforce the importance of regular hand washing, social distancing, and wearing masks. Make it a two-way conversation. Encourage them to share their concerns and offer guidance where you can.


One of the best things you can do for your loved one’s emotional well-being — as well as your own — is empower them to stay in touch with you. Social isolation among older adults, particularly those living alone, can lead to multiple health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. Loneliness has also been tied to an increased risk of anxiety, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease. With family gatherings and in-person visits limited by social-distancing recommendations, video chats are an excellent way to replicate face-to-face conversations. There are multiple apps and services you can use, including Skype, Google Duo, and FaceTime.


In addition to limiting social interactions, the virus has also reduced access to places like libraries, theaters, and community centers. For seniors who enjoy these amenities, losing access can increase their feelings of loneliness and boredom. You can help your loved ones stay entertained and engaged by sending care packages of books, puzzles, and craft kits. There are also dozens of free and paid courses available online. Consider signing your loved one up for MasterClass, which offers courses in gardening, cooking, and photography. Services like Rosetta Stone and Duolingo offer foreign language classes, while Udemy’s instructors teach everything from speed reading to basic web design.


Many grocery stores offer seniors-only hours to help those with the highest risk shop at their own pace and avoid crowds. A quick Google search can help you find stores that offer these special shopping windows. But many health experts recommend that older adults avoid errands like shopping altogether. Even before COVID-19, services like Instacart and Shipt offered grocery delivery services for those who can’t do their own shopping. Find out if these services offer delivery in your loved one’s community. Their fees are nominal when you consider the value of keeping the people you care about safe.


According to the CDC, telehealth services help older adults social distance and can be a safe option for some patients. Call your doctor to find out if online “virtual visits” are an option for your loved one. At Sonata Senior Living, keeping residents happy and healthy is our top priority.

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