Caring for People with Mobility Challenges during COVID-19
COVID-19 has not been easy on anyone. But it’s been particularly difficult on those with existing health issues. Many individuals who have mobility issues—for example, the elderly—are considered to be high-risk individuals. Protecting these individuals is a major concern and a big challenge for those who help to care for them. If you fall into this category, this article may help you to find ways to better care for your loved ones at this time. Some are simple steps you’re probably already doing, and others are larger changes, like residential elevator installation in Louisiana.
Educate YourselfYou’ve heard the knowledge is power, and in this case, knowledge is protection. Understanding COVID-19, its symptoms, and how it spreads is key to protecting yourself and the one you care for. Make sure you know the latest recommendations from the CDC and WHO, as well as your particular local requirements, and follow them to the best of your ability.
Take Extra Precautions
As a caregiver, you should be taking extra precautions when around the person you care for. Wear a mask when you enter their home, and make sure you wash and sanitize your hands before entering. Clean surfaces as frequently as you can, especially those that are touched often. For the mobility impaired, this likely includes the handles of their wheelchair, the handles of their wheelchair ramps, and so on.
Monitor Your Health
Your health is even more important than normal if you’re caring for someone who is elderly who has another condition that makes them high risk. Be aware of the early symptoms of COVID-19 and cease contact with the individual if you demonstrate any of the symptoms. We recommend that you check your temperature every day before arriving to care for the person to ensure it’s not elevated at all.
Have a Backup Plan
If you do develop symptoms, you need to have a backup plan for the person’s care. Make sure there’s another friend, family member, neighbor, or caregiver who can step in if you get sick. This way, you can quarantine safely without worrying about the person getting the care that they need.
Make Adjustments for Independence
Obviously, social distancing is the ideal option for protecting your loved one’s health. But, of course, that’s impossible when you assist them with their daily needs. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make adjustments that allow the person to better care for themselves whenever possible. For example, you might consider getting them a health monitor necklace that allows them to page for emergency services if needed. You could also install accessibility features like a walk-in tub or a residential elevator. Features like these allow them to tend to some of their own needs, minimizing contact between both of you whenever possible.
If you care for an elderly loved one or another individual with a mobility need, follow the tips above to continue caring for them while still protecting their health. If you’re interested in installing ramps or stair lifts, or you have questions about our residential elevator service in Louisiana, please reach out to us at K N Enterprises. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, and can install these accessibility features in your loved one’s home while following current health and safety guidelines. Give us a call today!