Although New York State has “flattened the curve” and has seen a drop in coronavirus cases, that does not mean we are out of the woods yet. Senior citizens, especially those who reside in assisted living facilities, must still remain vigilant when it comes to protecting their health and preventing the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Residents are asked to wash their hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, using antibacterial soap (if soap is unavailable, they can use hand sanitizer). Washing their hands entails scrubbing both sides of their hands, underneath their fingernails and in between their fingers. This must be done especially after using the restroom, before and after eating and after touching certain surfaces that may not have been cleaned.
If residents feel a sneeze or a cough coming on, they should pull out a tissue and cover their nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing. After clearing their throat or blowing their nose, residents should throw away the tissue into a garbage receptacle, preferably one with a lid.
The summer season means allergies and so residents may feel itchy, especially around the eyes and nose. While scratching those irritated areas may bring them relief, seniors should avoid touching their face. If they do, they should wash their hands.
Lastly and most importantly, residents should practice social distancing. That means staying at least six feet away from others, whether it is fellow residents or loved ones. If that is not possible, they should wear a protective face covering. This doesn’t necessarily prevent the spread of COVID-19, as much as it protects the one wearing the face mask from contracting the virus.
McPeak’s Assisted Living provides care for your loved ones while ensuring they maintain a happy, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyle, right here in Suffolk County, Long Island, near downtown Patchogue. With our affordable prices and excellent standard of care, we have the facilities to accommodate your loved one’s needs and allow them to live to the fullest. For more information, please call us at (631) 475-0445 or visit our contact page.