COVID-19 Helpful tips for older Australians and their families

The coverage around COVID-19 has been exponential worldwide. A number of stories indicate that elderly Australians should move from residential care to live with family or friends. However, the financial and family burden can leave everyday Australians stressed and confused. If you or your loved one wish to remain at home, basic preventative measures recommended by the Australian Government can support you and your family today.

How to support older Australians to remain healthy at home

If you or your loved one wish to continue to remain at home, healthy and independent, here are some helpful tips to put into practice today

  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand
  • Do online shopping if you’re worried about the spread of viruses
  • Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care)
  • Stock up on non-perishable food items (canned vegetables and soups, pasta and powdered milk are great to stockpile) to have on hand in your home 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 know the protocol if there is an outbreak

Helpful hygiene tips to remain healthy and independent at home

If you or your loved one want to avoid the spread of viruses and be as healthy as you can be, ensure you

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Ensure you thoroughly dry your hands using a hand towel or hand dryer after washing them
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin

If you and your family member are currently in an aged care facility and you have decided that you would rather have them home with you until you feel comfortable or you have a loved one currently receiving home care and you or they are worried about the chance of a carer bringing the virus into their home, please speak with myHomecare today on how we can best support you.

To keep up to date with the latest information of COVID-19, please visit the dedicated page on the Department of Health’s website.

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