Healthy Living: Family Members: The New COVID-19 Caretakers

AlzDid you know that 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s?

With COVID cases on the rise each day, many people are turning away from nursing facilities. Families are providing unpaid care to their loved ones – husbands, wives, daughters, sons – often working around the clock to keep their family members safe. However, handling this type of situation on your own can leave you feeling unprepared, overwhelmed, and alone. Know that you are not alone.

Some safety tips to remember while you’re at home with your loved ones who need care:

  • Eliminate fall risks by tidying up clutter and be cautious of area rugs.
  • Use security cameras to monitor doors so loved ones do not wander out.
  • Avoid forgetfulness, remove knobs from appliances like ovens to prevent fires.
  • To maintain health, some dementia patients may need posted reminders to remember to wash their hands.

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