According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while the greatest risk of infection is among those who are in close contact with people who have COVID-19, older people and people with underlying health conditions appear to be about twice as likely to develop serious outcomes versus otherwise younger, healthier people.
To help people stay safe, CDC developed a checklist for nursing homes and other long-term care settings take steps to assess and improve their preparedness.
But what about older people who aren’t in nursing homes or long-term care?
“Avoiding crowds and staying at home is necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but it can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness for many older adults,” says Helen Blackburn, Director of Vocational & Residential Services at Centerstone. “Many of them are used to the connections they have with family, friends, neighbors, faith communities, clubs and social services, but now that those avenues are on hold, they’re likely feeling lonely and disconnected. Anyone who can should reach out to express support and remind them that you’re grateful that they’re a part of your life.”
Here are some other tips to keep elderly people safe, calm and healthy during the pandemic:
Through this crisis, Centerstone remains fully operational and continuing to serve our clients and communities. As always, the health and well-being of our clients, staff and community stakeholders is our main priority. We have implemented system-wide strategies that reduce the risk of exposure while preparing us to respond effectively in the event the current threat level escalates. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure at this time, almost all appointments are being conducted via telephone or telehealth (video). For more information, please click here.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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