COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Caregiving Tips

The safety of our patients, clinical staff and community are at the forefront of our response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). In addition to enhancing our patient protocols and safety measures, below are tips and resources to help you navigate during this time as a family caregiver.

Reminders to clean hands

People living with dementia might need extra reminders and guidance to wash their hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if unable to use soap and water. Consider leaving notes on bathroom mirrors to wash hands for the recommended time. If returning from a public area or they have just sneezed or cough, make it a habit to take them to the bathroom to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Tip: Many chorus songs fit into the 20 second requirement needed to clean hands. Consider singing a song while washing their hands so they know how long to wash.

Prescriptions

Talk to their doctor or pharmacist about extending the number of days for a prescription during this time. Some pharmacies are also offering free delivery of prescriptions to help reduce the number of trips to stores.

Plan ahead

In response to COVID-19, many stores and other service industries may modify or temporarily cancel their services. Take the time to make plans for your next steps if your adult day care or respite care facility temporarily close or if you or another primary caregiver should get sick.

Resources for caregivers during COVID-19

Caring for the Caregiver: Resources and opportunities to digitally connect through online groups, telephone check-ins and videos on self-care activities.
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Alzheimer’s Association: For a live chat, 24/7 hotline for caregivers and more tips on caregiving during COVID-19.
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The Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving: Information for caregivers during COVID-19 including a checklist to prepare your home.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Care Notice

Out of consideration for the health and safety of our patients, clinical team and our community related to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are enhancing our patient protocols and safety measures to include, but not limited to:

  • Phone screening for COVID-19 risk factors prior to scheduling an in-person appointment.
  • Identify appointments that can be scheduled as phone or video appointments.
  • Patients are asked to limit the number of caregivers to bring to in-person appointments to only those who are essential, preferably no more than one.
  • Temperature checkpoints prior to entering the patient practice.
  • Applications to participate in a clinical trial will continue to be accepted. All in-person visits for clinical trials will be scheduled at a later time

For detailed information regarding your appointment, please call our patient care practice at 210-450-9960.

For a complete list of our safety measures and timely information regarding patients appointments at the Biggs Institute’s patient practice at the UT Health Physicians Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC), visit the UT Health Physicians coronavirus information webpage.

Interested in learning more about dementia?

Watch previously recorded lectures from world-renowned physicians and scientists about the many facets of dementia and about groundbreaking research on the onset and advancement of dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases with our educational series “Dialogue on Dementia.”

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