Like many of you, I’ve been following the recent coronavirus developments closely.
In March, I devoted my twice-monthly Helping Older Parents members calls to this topic.
Here is a video commentary I recorded on 3.27.20. Although the statistics about COVID numbers in the US quickly fell out of date, I am leaving this video available as the information on what to expect regarding hospitalization should be relevant for quite a while. This video covers:
- What I’d recently learned about the clinical course of COVID
- If you think you (or your older relative) might be sick with coronavirus
- What to know about hospitalization for this, and how a “surge” situation might affect that
- Options for care at home, including palliative care
- My recommendations on planning ahead and then hoping for the best.
Also, in the video, I forgot to mention that one of my favorite clinical sources is currently making its coronavirus topic free to the public: Uptodate.com: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The video is below, or get the audio-only through the podcast here.
(For those who have asked about transcripts: I wish I could but right now we are too short on funding; transcripts cost $1.25/minute to produce plus more time to format and finalize.)
Please stay as safe as you can, and take care!
News & Updates:
- C.D.C. Weighs Advising Everyone to Wear a Mask (NY Times, 3/31/20)
- GeriPal: COVID in NYC & on Front Lines
- Uptodate.com: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- What is a pulse oximeter
- Center to Advance Palliative Care COVID Response Resources – see info in the symptom management section.
- Learn how POLST helps frail and seriously ill adults get better care, and find out what is available for your state.
- A Model Hospital Policy for Allocating Scarce Critical Care Resources
Services and Products:
- Institute on Aging Friendship Line
- This free service provides trained volunteers to talk to older adults who are lonely or depressed; they are also qualified as a crisis line for anyone contemplating harming themselves
- Care.coach (formerly Gerijoy) virtual companion service for older adults
- This service provides companionship, medication reminders, and more. We have had a Helping Older Parents member give us very positive feedback about it recently.
- If you would like to be part of our Better Health While Aging group trying this service at a discount, please let us know via email. You will get 20% off the set-up fee (usually $279) and ongoing monthly charge (usually $279/month). (BHWA is forgoing any commission in order to enable a larger discount for our community.)
Have you come across any resources or services that are especially helpful to older adults and families during this time? Please share below in the comments, thank you!
(This post was updated on 4/3/20.)