PRO­TECT­ING LOVED ONES SUF­FER­ING FROM DE­MEN­TIA

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

If you care for some­one liv­ing with de­men­tia, it is im­por­tant that you know what you can do to protect your­self and oth­ers dur­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic and what ad­di­tional steps you can take to protect your loved one:

• Know when you need to seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion for your loved one.

• Call a health­care provider if your loved one has symp­toms of COVID-19.

• Be aware that older adults with COVID-19 may not al­ways have typ­i­cal symp­toms such as a fever or cough.

If your loved one has ad­vanced de­men­tia and needs to be hos­pi­talised for COVID-19, make sure that staff know that your in-per­son as­sis­tance might be re­quired to com­mu­ni­cate im­por­tant health in­for­ma­tion and emer­gency sup­port.

Here are sev­eral im­por­tant is­sues to con­sider:

• Be pre­pared to use per­sonal pro­tec­tive mea­sures as rec­om­mended by the hospi­tal staff if you are in the room with your loved one.

• Be aware that you and health­care providers may face dif­fi­cul­ties car­ing for your loved one be­cause he or she:

– May not co­op­er­ate with care and may not fol­low per­sonal pro­tec­tive mea­sures such as wear­ing a cloth face covering or prac­tis­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing. – May refuse di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures. In­cor­po­rate CDC guid­ance into your daily rou­tine and the daily rou­tine of your loved one:

• Wear cloth face cov­er­ings and make sure that oth­ers wear them.

• Do not place a cloth face covering on any­one who has trou­ble breath­ing, is un­con­scious, is in­ca­pac­i­tated, or is un­able to re­move the mask with­out as­sis­tance.

• Wash hands of­ten.

• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tis­sue.

• Avoid touch­ing eyes, nose, and mouth with un­washed hands.

• Clean and dis­in­fect fre­quently touched sur­faces.

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