Ministry’s COVID-19 Advisory For Senior Citizens & Care Givers

Nobody is invincible when it pertains to COVID-19, however this infection is reasonably riskier for particular groups of individuals – pregnant ladies, individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, and individuals who are 60 years of age & above. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJE) has actually provided an COVID-19 advisory of ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ for elderly people and their caretakers. This COVID-19 Advisory for elderly people is vital to keep them safe and healthy throughout the Coronavirus break out.

COVID-19 Advisory – Who is it for?

This advisory has actually been provided for those who are 60 years of age or older, particularly the ones with any of these medical conditions; and their care-givers –

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Persistent Neurological condition, like Stroke or Parkinson’s Illness
  • Persistent Kidney Illness
  • Persistent Liver Illness, like Viral Liver Disease or Alcoholic
  • Persistent Cardiovascular Disease, like Cardiac Arrest
  • Persistent & Long-lasting Breathing Illness, like COPD, Asthma, Interstitial Lung Illness, Post Tuberculosis Sequelae, or Bronchiectasis.  

Individuals with any of these pre-existing medical concerns are the most at danger from COVID-19, and require to be taken additional care of, throughout this pandemic.

Ministry Advisory – DO’S & DON’TS for Elder People

Do Stay inside your home at all times, and prevent having any visitors at your house.

Don’t Can be found in close physical contact with an individual showcasing signs of the Coronavirus infection, like coughing, runny nose, fever, or breathing problem. 

Do If you should stay in physical distance to somebody, keep a range of a minimum of 1 meter.

Don’t Shake hands with or hug your good friends who are not residing in your family or showcasing signs of the infection.

Do Prevent all type of events, huge or little. If you live alone, look for assistance from neighbours who are healthy to get your basics (groceries & medications) for your house.

Don’t Enter into congested locations like markets, shops, parks, or spiritual locations.

Do – Stay active and keep moving around in your home for your daily tasks. Likewise, spend some time out for light workout or yoga.

Don’t Reduce exercises even if you cannot go out for a walk.

Do Practice excellent health by cleaning hands often, utilizing soap & water for a minimum of 20 seconds. This should be done particularly prior to having meals and after utilizing the restroom.

Tidy the surface areas & items that you touch often, like your eyeglasses. Furthermore, cough or sneeze into a non reusable tissue (which is gotten rid of off instantly) or a scarf (which is cleaned after usage).

Don’t Cough or sneeze into your bare hands, and touch your face, eyes or nose with it.

Do Eat home-cooked, fresh, and healthy food. Drink enough water and maintain a regular intake of fresh juices for stronger immunity. Also, take your daily prescribed dose of medication regularly.

Don’t Self-medicate.

Do Keep track of your health. If you face any medical issue or showcase any of the warning signs of COVID-19, consult a doctor instantly and follow the prescribed treatment.

Book a tele or video consultation with your doctor as far as possible, instead of leaving your house and visiting the hospital.  

Don’t Visit a hospital or any other healthcare facility for regular health checkup or follow up. 

Do Stay connected with your friends and family through voice & video calls. If required, take help from your family members for the same.

Don’t Invite and socialise with your friends and relatives at your home.

Those with pre-existing Kidney and Heart Diseases must ensure intake of enough water and keep themselves hydrated during the summer season.

Credihealth Recommends: Book a Tele/Video consultation with leading doctors in the country or talk to a Credihealth Medical Expert for further assistance.

Ministry Advisory – DO’S & DON’TS for Care-Givers of Dependent Senior Citizens

Do Cover your mouth & nose properly with a tissue/cloth/mask when attending to a senior citizen.

Don’t – Go near senior citizens if you are showcasing any of the symptoms like cough, fever, runny nose, or shortness of breath. 

Do Practice good hygiene and wash your hands with soap and water before helping the older person. 

Don’t Make physical contact with them without washing your hands.

Do Clean the surfaces and things that are frequently used, like the walking stick, walker, bedpan, wheel-chair, etc

Don’t Touch the surfaces used by them frequently, without washing your hands 

Do Help them wash their hands

Don’t Keep them bed-bound and with zero physical movement

Do Ensure they eat healthy food and drink enough water, especially now during the summer season

Keep track of their health. In case they begin to experience symptoms like fever (with/without body ache), cough, shortness of breath, unusual drop in appetite, or inability to eat, contact the helpline number.

Credihealth Recommends: In case of an emergency, book a tele/video consultation with a doctor or avail the Credihealth Ambulance Service.

Ministry Advisory – DO’S & DON’TS ON MENTAL WELLNESS for Senior Citizens

Do Talk to family members at home, and talk to your neighbours, without compromising on social distancing protocols.

Don’t Confine yourself in one room.

Do Avoid the usage of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs to combat loneliness. Create a peaceful environment around yourself. Rekindle your old hobbies like music, reading, gardening, etc.

Don’t Isolate yourself.

Do Access and believe only the information that comes from credible sources.

Don’t Believe sensational news or social media posts, or share any information that is unverified and not coming from credible sources.

Do If you have an existing mental illness, call 08046110007

If you are feeling a change in your mental health, like feeling unusually drowsy, speaking inappropriately, or showcasing a lack of response, unable to recognise known people, call the helpline number.

Likewise, check – Mental Health During Coronavirus & Government Initiative

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.