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.
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.
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.
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