- Ask loved ones about their appetites, sleep patterns and moods to find red flags
- Find creative ways to connect while still being physically apart
- Arrange a few unprompted acts of kindness
The geriatric population, those who are 65 years and older, has been widely noted as among the most at risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. Physical distancing has been the critical measure in the prevention and spread of infection within this age group.
However, while the physical health of the geriatric population has certainly been a topic of discussion during the COVID-19 pandemic, how has this period of isolation impacted the mental well-being of these individuals?
“Loneliness amongst the older population will be a much more insidious cause of casualty than we previously realized,” says Matthew L Russell, MD, a geriatrician and palliative care specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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- We screen on arrival all patients and visitors for symptoms of possible COVID-19
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- We have rearranged spaces to accommodate physical distancing and prevent transmission of hidden infections and in some high-use areas, installed plexiglass barriers.
Ugne Aleknaite and Gretchen Buchmann from the Swim Across America Nantucket Infusion Center at NCH provide an update on how their department has continued to provide care and services to some of our most vulnerable patients during the coronavirus pandemic.