How to Help Older People Survive the Pandemic and Isolation

The new coronavirus is most threatened for elder people: according to statistics, in a group of patients from sixty to sixty-nine years, the mortality rate is 3.6 percent, from seventy to seventy-nine is already eight percent, from eighty and more – almost fifteen percent. That is why taking care of parents, grandparents, as well as pensioners you know, is especially important. Here’s how to make the COVID-2019 pandemic and the self-isolation associated with it as easy as possible for them.

Ask to follow the recommendations

It is important to explain to relatives that tough measures to combat the pandemic are justified, if only because the resources of medical care are not unlimited: if the spread of the infection is not controlled, there will simply not be enough doctors and places in hospitals. If you live with relatives in the same apartment or close to each other, setting the right example will not be difficult. It is more difficult for those who live in different cities or countries – in this case, daily calls and communication on social networks will help. Of course, you should not visit relatives if you do not feel well: the harm from such a meeting can be more than good. The same goes for people who care for the elderly.

Help stock up on food and medicine

Another recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stock up on food and medicine. This will allow you to leave home as little as possible – and this advice will be especially relevant for people who have chronic heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, cancer, or diabetes. COVID-2019 poses a particular danger to them because a concomitant disease significantly increases the likelihood of death. If the medication you need is only available with a prescription, you should discuss the supply with your doctor so that you don’t have to go back and forth. Besides, it makes sense to take care of a stock of over-the-counter drugs, bandages, syringes, and other essentials: they may be needed at any time.

Help with everyday life

Elderly people find it difficult to cope with everyday tasks without assistance. Wet cleaning, taking out the trash, helping with clothes, going to the post office – it is in your power to clarify what kind of help an elderly person needs, and together with him to figure out how to solve this problem. However, this recommendation will also work when the pandemic ends: attention to the needs of loved ones has never bothered anyone.

Help set up the technique

In order to make communication with relatives easy from a technical point of view, they probably need help with buying or setting up equipment. Please be patient and help your relatives or friends get used to messengers, social networks, and video calling programs – so you can stay in touch with them even when you cannot visit them.

Warn about scammers

The rampant pandemic, and with it the forced self-isolation, awakens the scammers. The Internet is already selling fake tests for the new coronavirus with might and main and sending letters with Trojan computer viruses, in which they promise to tell “all the most complete information about the coronavirus.” Warn relatives not to agree to dubious purchases or open doors to strangers – regardless of who they introduce themselves and how many layers of chemical protection they are wearing.

Anastasia Fetter

Anastasia Fetter