In This Episode:
To watch the video version, click here.
Questions and issues they addressed during this call included:
- The trade-off between safety and other benefits that older adults value
- How to think through making an activity or situation “safer” rather than ask “is it safe?”
- How to maintain physical and mental wellbeing while confined to the home, or to a locked-down facility
- When it’s likely to be “safe” to resume routine health appointments, including eye and dental visits
- How the pandemic situation might affect recovery from hospital delirium
- What we know so far about the course of COVID in older adults who develop symptoms
- What palliative care at home for COVID might look like
- The challenges that nursing homes are currently facing
More from our guest experts:
- From Dr. Didyk:
- From Richard Caro:
Other related links and resources:
- Uptodate.com: Evidence-based Information on COVID-19 (free!)
- GeriPal: COVID in Long-Term Care
- What is a pulse oximeter
- CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- 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.
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
- TrueLink Financial Debit Card
- This card was designed to help vulnerable older adults and others reduce the risk of financial exploitation.
- 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.)