Coronavirus Outbreak: AARP advises self-care while helping family members during outbreak

Posted at 5:44 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 17:44:56-04

BALTIMORE — For the millions of unpaid family caregivers out there dealing with the coronavirus while caring for an elderly loved one can be extra stressful.

The CDC says people age 65 and over are more vulnerable when it comes to the virus.

Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are on lockdown to prevent it from spreading.

AARP said it's important to maintain constant communication with both your loved one and the facility during the lockdown.

If you or someone you know are caring for a senior family member at home, sanitize and wash your hands constantly, stay home as much as possible and remember to practice self-care.

"We urge caregivers to do what they tell you to do on an airplane. Put your own mask on first. Follow those centers for disease control guidelines. We have all heard about washing our hands frequently. But let's be avoiding crowds. Practice social distancing. And if you're feeling sick stay home. You're not going to be any use to your loved one if you get sick,” said Bill Walsh, AARP lead on Coronavirus Response Team.

AARP also suggests canceling in-person wellness exams and try doing it over the phone or video chat if possible.

They also suggest making sure to have all medications in stock.