How to Take Care for Elderly Family Members During the Coronavirus Outbreak


3. Stock up on medication

Stocking up on medication is always important when taking care of an elderly family member, so you won’t have to run out and buy meds at the most inconvenient time. “Even medications that tend to be re-filled monthly can receive three-month supplies with doctor approval,” says Kemp.

Stock up on some of the basics such as acetaminophen, stool softeners, antacids, and hearing aid batteries. “These are some of the primary discomforts of our older citizens, which is not always understood and many sufferers do not feel comfortable asking for help,” Kemp added.


4. Keep the house clean

“The cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kemp recommends “easy-to-use cleaning products so that surfaces in the home can be kept as clean as possible” without stressing yourself too much.

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