Elderly people (over 65) and those with an underlying health condition or compromised immune systems are the ones most at risk of COVID-19. This is especially the case for those with:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease (e.g. asthma or COPD)
- Pregnant women and those with HIV are also in the higher-risk bracket.
Healthy adults have a stronger immune system and may show only limited symptoms. However, it is important to still seek medical attention if you experience fever, a cough, and shortness of breath. Please call Health Link at 811 as soon as you are experiencing these symptoms.
These symptoms generally appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Taking the right approach if you experience symptoms can help you avoid spreading it to others who are less able to fight the disease.
At this time, the elderly and sick must be the priority of everyone in society.
How All About Seniors can help during COVID-19
The All About Seniors caregivers remain committed to providing the vital services that your elderly loved ones need.
At this time, many seniors will be spending much more time at home than usual. They may need more help with day-to-day tasks like meal preparation and shopping, as well as healthcare.
We are ready to step in at short notice, if required.
Taking every precaution possible to follow Health Service advice, we can still serve the many seniors who rely on us for assistance in their place of residence.
What home help is available for the elderly?
We are still providing the following home care help:
These services are available in Calgary and the surrounding area, including Okotoks, Cochrane, Airdrie, DeWinton, Chestermere, Strathmore, Langley, Bearspaw and Crossfield.
Please note that our staff can only enter places that still allow visitation and entry.
How to prepare a safe and stress-free environment for elderly loved ones
At this difficult time, many seniors are fearful and anxious about what’s around the corner.
Simply letting them know you are there will be a big help to their mental state.
Our caregivers can help you provide the care and assistance your loved one needs and we are available to help you maintain a safe environment around the home for your loved ones.
While social distancing is important to halt the spread of the virus, it is vital that seniors do know that people are there for them if they need it.
If our caregivers spend companionship time with your loved one, they will maintain good hand hygiene and follow the required social distance measures during their visit.
The family will receive a report within 24-48 hours of the visit, sharing what was discussed, how they were feeling, what they ate, and their general well-being.
At this time, everyone must do their bit.
We’ve all heard about people stockpiling essential goods. People who panic buy may be depriving elderly people of provisions that they really need.
It’s good to see that some grocery stores are offering senior shopping hours early in the day before the store officially opens.
Elderly shoppers can visit the store at the designated times safely in the knowledge that they can do their shopping and get vital supplies without the shelves being empty.
Only those with a government-issued pensioner or senior card can enter the store.
This is happening around the world, including Canada.
Stores in Calgary like Shoppers Drug Mart, Superstore, Sobeys and others have announced to dedicate the first hours to “senior shopping hour”.
Check on elderly loved ones, neighbours, and yourself!
Now is a good time to check whether the elderly loved ones or neighbours need anything.
While we need to limit unnecessary contact for the time being, many seniors have email and others are just a phone call away.
You can also check up on your loved ones and communicate through a door or window to visually see the seniors and ensure they have everything need.
Reach out to them to see if they need shopping done or whether they need assistance with any health matters. Let them know you are there.
Also, look after yourself! Follow the public health guidelines to be prepared and to limit the spread of the virus. This is the most important thing you can do to help keep you and loved ones safe.
We are all in this together.
If we support the local community and take care of the people most at risk and least able to fight the virus, we will make it through this period of uncertainty.