Guide to Providing Health Care at Home

Homes are places of rest and quality time with family after a whole day of work and other responsibilities. But with the pandemic going on and abrupt changes in weather conditions, there is a high probability of catching colds or other illnesses, and worse, bringing the virus home. Most hospitals and clinics are currently full, so practicing maximum — not just the bare minimum — health and safety precautions are a must to keep you safe and away from being ill. However, in cases that you or anyone at home gets sick despite your strict implementation of these precautionary measures, you must not panic and follow these tips to protect yourself, your family, and others with you at home.

1. Allot a separate room for the sick.

If there are enough bedrooms at home, isolate the sick person to prevent the virus from spreading and protect those vulnerable and with comorbidities. Keep the room well ventilated and open the windows frequently. It would also be helpful to place a plant in the room to improve indoor air quality and create a soothing environment, but only if the sick person does not have allergies to plants. 

If having a separate bedroom for the sick is not possible, try to use some areas in the house and transform it into a resting space that can serve as a temporary bedroom while recovering.

The sick person must avoid hanging out in the common areas like the living room and kitchen because these are spaces that other members of the family share.

Tip: If a member from the household shows minor COVID-19 symptoms, start doing this precautionary measure to be safe. Have them tested with whatever testing kits available (RT-PCR or Antigen), or call a medical practitioner that can do this for you or your family.

2. Minimize chances of infection.

Have one household member that is not at high risk and has minimal interaction outside the home who shall take the responsibility as the sole contact of the sick person. Ensure safety by wearing proper protective gear  — such as a medical face mask, gown, and gloves, or whichever is available — when entering the room of the sick person. The more layers you wear, the more protection you get.

Use separate dishes, cups, utensils, and beddings for the sick person to help minimize the chances of possible transmission of the virus from one person to another. Also, regularly clean and disinfect highly touched surfaces such as tabletops, doorknobs, etc.

3. Give proper care.

Provide the needs of the sick person. Their comfort, health, and safety are your top priority. Check their temperature as needed and watch out for other present symptoms. 

Ensure that the sick person is well-rested and hydrated. It will help the body recover more quickly. Pay attention to their condition, especially if at high risk for serious illnesses.

Fact: When we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections.

Learning the basics of how to nurse a sick person at home is essential now since most of the medical facilities are swamped with patients already. However, when you see danger signs such as confusion, chest pain, breathing difficulties, loss of speech or mobility, or other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you, do not hesitate to give your healthcare provider a call.

Having enough space for you and your family to breathe in is a must in this new normal way of living. We, at P.A. Properties, make sure to provide a safe and good quality home and bring your hard-earned money’s worth. Check our projects and properties near you.

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