Caring for Elderly who are Self-Isolating at Home during Pandemic

Countries all over the world are hit by the unprecedented crisis COVID-19.  To slow down the spread of the infection is just as important as stopping the spread of the infection, in order to prevent overwhelming, the healthcare system.  Hence, countries have taken careful measures to flatten the curve.  Some of the measures include implementing safe distancing measures, practicing good washing hygiene and most importantly staying or self-isolating at home.

Elderly must adhere to these measures strictly because they are more susceptible to this virus due to their aging immunity system.  Their aging immunity system also means that their recovery period is slower, when they contracted this virus.  In addition, for elderly who have other chronic diseases, contracting this virus will be more complicated.


Though these self-isolation and social distancing measures protects the elderly’s physical well-being and lower their risk of contracting this virus, their emotional and mental well-being could be affected.  They will feel lonelier, especially for those elderly who are in self-isolation.  These measures also disrupt some of their routine activities, such as catching up with friends, going for routine check-ups, shopping for groceries, making them feel more helpless and frustrated…


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