HomeSafe for Seniors takes your safety seriously. Our precautions include:
Mask worn throughout the visit
Social distancing maintained at all times
All equipment sanitized prior to use in the home
Household members required to wear masks during visit
As you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases, especially if you have pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease or a decreased immune system. People over 65 are at higher risk for severe illness than people under this age. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older.
Older adults and those people with underlying health conditions, who are vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19, are strongly advised by the CDC to continue staying home as much as possible. However, social connectedness is important. Virtual resources can and should be used during this time. Talk to your friends and family on the phone or video services (e.g. Zoom, Facetime, Google Duo) to stay connected.
How does COVID-19 spread?
● Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
● Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks
● These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
● Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms, or combinations of symptoms, that may appear 2-14 days after exposure include:
● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
● Muscle pain
● Sore throat
● Congestion or runny nose
● New loss of taste or smell
● In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
If you are an older adult or you have one or more chronic health conditions, you can take action to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19
● Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when around others.
● Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place. Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content also works well.
● Ask anyone entering your home to wash their hands upon entering.
● Wash your hands after putting away groceries, touching money or handling anything that comes from outside the home.
● Use commercial cleaning products to wipe high-touch points often, including:
wheelchair arms, push handles and brake handles
handrails and commode chair handrails
refrigerator and microwave handles
● Keep away from others who are sick
● Avoid handshaking, hugging and other intimate types of greeting. Keep at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
● Avoid non-essential travel (your health care provider may have specific guidance for your situation)
● Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
● Avoid unnecessary errands — consider ways to have essential items, like food and other household supplies, brought to you through delivery services or through family or social networks