5 Point Coronavirus Safety Plan for Seniors
As the Coronavirus Pandemic escalates across the globe and in the United States it is the senior population that has been impacted the hardest. Not only are they the most vulnerable to the adverse health consequences of the dangerous virus, but they have also taken a very hard financial blow with the precipitous drop in the stock market and destabilization of the economy.
Seniors and their families can do a number of things to be safer and ease the financial impact of this rapidly unfolding situation with no clear resolution in sight Hrtech.
Here is a 5 Point Coronavirus Safety Plan for Seniors:
1) Health: We all know that hygiene is a critical preventive measure including hand washing, avoiding touching your face, and sanitizing surfaces. â€œSocial Distancingâ€ and â€œStaying in Placeâ€ have become important new additions to our lifestyle because avoiding contact with infected patients is the surest way to avoid becoming infected. It is also important to stay healthy by making sure you are getting sleep, eating healthy, exercising, and keeping yourself busy with purposeful activities.
Other opportunities to protect your health include: taking advantage of â€˜senior-onlyâ€™ shopping hours at grocery stores and other retailers (Whole Foods, Market Basket, Albertsons. Stop and Shop, Target, Walmart, etc.â€”check stores online for listings near you). Food delivery services can also bring you meals from restaurants, or grocery orders can be placed with many stores online for delivery direct to your curbside or door.
2) Safety in Long-Term Care: Despite the tragic deaths that occurred at the Life Care Centerâ€™s nursing home in Kirkland, Washington the nursing home industry has been working around the clock in every community to protect their residents. Nursing homes are vigilant for influenza, pneumonia and other viral outbreaks and are actually very adept at preventing and quarantining spread form the moment an infection is detected. These care providers understand their residents are always among the most vulnerable and take great caution with hygiene, food and medical treatment. None the less, since the outbreak took off, the nursing home industry has been in daily coordination with the CDC at the state and national level, has for the most part ended outside visitation, quarantine protocols and wings are in place, deliveries of food and supplies are being made curbside, and staff are operating at the highest possible levels of caution to prevent infection entering or spreading through a facility.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, do not go visit. Stay in touch remotely through a cell phone, computer, or through the staff. It is critical that nursing homes remain isolated from outside contamination.
3) Financial: A key area of health for seniors is their financial health. The Coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on the bottom line for seniors across the country. People have watched the stock market drop, wiping out a significant percentage of their holdings and income. But it is important at times like these to not â€œpanic-sellâ€ and lock in your losses. This situation is fluid and unfolding at a rapid pace. Markets are waiting to see how fiscal policy is implemented from Washington D.C., and that could bring about stabilization and then recovery in the not
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