The COVID-19 pandemic is refusing to slow down. The restrictions are now a bit relaxed, but still, a substantial number of people are getting infected each day. So, there is no other alternative other than to adapt to the new normal, but things are extremely challenging for healthcare professionals and caregivers. They can’t practice social distancing. For millions of caregivers, a lack of information about how to take care of their loved ones if they are tested positive can be just frustrating. If you are currently living with a COVID-19 patient, it is time to know the top 5 caregiving tips. Let’s have a look.
Provide adequate support and comfort
When someone came to know that he or she is a COVID patient, there is a sense of anxiety and fear. As a caregiver, you might be experiencing the same emotions, but you must provide adequate support. Help the care recipient to follow all the instructions of the doctor. Make sure your loved one is drinking lots of fluid and is taking ample rest. If there are pets in the house, limit their contact with the care recipient if possible. Try to find out whether over the counter medicines can help in making the patient feel better.
Try to limit contact as far as possible
As you already know that COVID-19 spreads when two people are in close contact, and one among them is infected. So, evaluate whether you are someone at a high risk of getting infected? If yes, request any other family member who does not have any health complications to step into your shoes. If this is not the case, make sure that the COVID-19 patient is using a separate bathroom or bedroom. Refrain him or her from sharing any bedding or electronic items with other family members. It is better to keep him or her in a well-ventilated room. Maintain distance (if possible) and avoid having any visitors.
Use a face covering and gloves
Since you can come in close contact with the body fluids of a COVID-19 patient during caregiving, it is better to take protection. Use a face covering and disposable gloves. You can either use a handmade face mask or a cloth to cover your face before entering the room. Also, you must wash your hand frequently and encourage other family members to do the same.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces
As a family caregiver, your responsibility is not only to take care of your loved one but also to ensure your health safety. According to experts, coronavirus can survive for three hours in airborne droplets. On hard shiny surfaces, it may remain infectious for up to 72 hours! So, make it a routine to clean frequently touched surfaces.
Remain calm and vigilant
Most of the coronavirus cases do not need hospitalization. So don’t panic and try to remain calm. Have a positive attitude that nothing will happen, and your loved one will recover gradually. However, stay vigilant so that in case of a health emergency, you can immediately call someone for help.
Caregiving is always challenging, and the present scenario is only adding more difficulties. So, if you are a caregiver who is feeling depressed or exhausted, it is best to opt for a short caregiver burnout quiz. There are many more resources over the web that can help you immensely in your caregiving journey.