FAQs - Older Adults and High Risk Individuals
Friday, March 13, 2020 | 4:45 pm
Risk reduction starts with heightened awareness and being a bit more cautious about where we go and what we touch.
Take precautions like washing your hands often – especially after touching commonly used things like door knobs, hand rails, gas pumps, or grocery carts. Hand sanitizer is an alternative when frequent hand washing cannot occur.
Given the emergence of known COVID-19 cases in our region and locally, it is now advised that adults 60 and over, patients with chronic medical conditions, and patients with lowered ability to fight infections (immunocompromised) should avoid crowds as much as possible. When COVID-19 is present in the community, they are advised to stay at home as much as possible as well.
Find out the visitor restrictions currently in place at the facility. If there are restrictions, ask how you will be able to stay in touch with your loved ones (phone, video chat). Also, learn about the facility’s plans to isolate infected people and how they plan to protect their patients from exposure.
We anticipate that adult day centers will probably follow the same guidance as children’s day care centers and the school system as to closures. Prior to any potential closures, if possible, you may want to consider keeping your loved one at home while there are active community cases in the Winston-Salem area. We recommend that families have a plan in place for their loved ones should these centers temporarily close – similar to what many people are doing for their children in case there is need to close the school systems.
Yes, the flu remains quite active in our community, and vaccination is recommended for influenza prevention at this time.
In addition to the guidelines above, the best way to stay well is to maintain a healthy lifestyle – get enough sleep, eat nutritious foods, go for a walk outdoors in open spaces if weather permits, and stay connected with friends, family and social networks.