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After a very strange year, people all over the world are hoping to spend the festive season with friends and family. In many countries, there are still restrictions in place, and it’s essential that any gatherings are in accordance with government recommendations. Also, to ensure we protect older and vulnerable members of our community, it’s important to keep some simple precautions top of mind. #mymedicwatch #covid19 #ageing
For older people in care facilities, or those living in their own homes, 2020 has been a very isolating and unsettling time. As many people are set to gather with friends and extended family to celebrate the festive season, it’s important to keep some simple precautions top of mind:
Limit social interactions
Where possible, it is worth considering opting for a chat over the phone, video call or email rather than visits in person.
Ask if you or your loved one can ‘meet’ with a doctor, nurse or other health professional via phone or videoconference, rather than going into a practice.
Seeking online meal delivery
Shopping centres and supermarkets can be particularly busy over the festive season and are therefore best to be avoided as much as possible. There are a range of charitable organisations that offer food supplies (for example, Meals on Wheels in Australia) and online supermarket shopping can be an ideal option for older or vulnerable people.
Get help when needed
If you or a loved one is struggling with isolation, it’s important to reach out and ask for help – especially at this time of year.