During this unprecedented time, we’re learning more and more about how COVID-19 affects individuals, including older adults and the elderly, and how to keep seniors safe and healthy during COVID-19. The CDC states that “Among adults, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk.” If there are preexisting conditions, the risk of severe illness increases, and it could require hospitalization or the use of a ventilator, or potentially result in death.
This is why it is so important to follow the guidelines in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones. As individuals age, the risks of getting sick increase in general. People in their 60s are more susceptible than people in their 50s. The same is true for people in their 70s compared to their 60s, between 80s and 70s, and so on. The risk continues to go up. Therefore, individuals in these age brackets and people who work with or in proximity to seniors need to be sure to follow all safety guidelines and protocols.
In order to avoid contracting COVID-19, it’s imperative to take the CDC’s prevention guidelines seriously. These are some of the basics to help decrease your chances of getting sick:
Although it may seem hard to cancel all group meetings, outings, activities, and have meals delivered to residents’ rooms, these practices help curb the spread of the disease from infecting residents. It can be hard enough to stay socially active as mobility declines, but with the help of technology, seniors can still stay in contact with family, friends, and loved ones.
The BridgeWater Assisted Living team strives to make sure that all residents are comfortable and safe, and we take practicing these healthy steps seriously. We aim to assist all residents and make sure that their needs are met and they remain happy and healthy and feel supported.