VON Guelph Wellington News:
From Kelly Gee
It’s true that for many people, COVID-19 can present itself as a mild illness or cold — a cough, a fever and breathlessness.
But for people over age 60 or people with other health conditions like diabetes or cancer, COVID-19 can have serious complications.
According to Statistics Canada, more than 6.5 million people in Canada are over age 65, and millions of Canadians live with conditions that make them more vulnerable to illness.
For these members of our communities, catching COVID-19 might mean very serious illness, hospitalization and even death.
If you get sick, even though it might not be serious, who might you pass the infection to?
It is important we all continue to work to reduce the spread of the virus so that we can protect these people — our parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends.
She says that by practicing these habits, we can protect others from COVID-19 much in the same way we protect ourselves.
Stay home / physically distance from others when you must go out
By physical distancing, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This means reducing our number of close contacts to those who we live with, and keeping a physical distance of 2 metres from others when you must go out. Avoid non-essential trips out of the home. Go out for groceries once per week.
Remind older adults to stay home
It’s important to remind our older adult contacts that this virus continues to be a danger to them. We can help by offering to drop off groceries and essential items to their porch, or reminding them of the vulnerable person shopping hours at local grocery stores.
Check-in on relatives and neighbours
With life and routines disrupted, we are all at-risk for loneliness, and this is especially true for older adults. Give them a call, a FaceTime or send a card to let them know you are thinking of them.
If you are a caregiver:
If you are a caregiver to an older adult and thus continue to be in close contact, it’s important that you follow the tips below to help them stay safe.
Clean your hands
Our hands often carry viruses and bacteria to a virus’s port of entry – your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash every surface of your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Keep your hands away from your face.
Practice “respiratory hygiene”
Cover your cough. Do the sleeve sneeze. Cough or sneeze into a tissue (then throw that tissue out and wash your hands.)
Stay home when you are sick
Even if you have mild symptoms or a cold or flu, it’s best to stay home. This not only helps you rest and recover, it helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus through coughing, sneezing or touching shared surfaces with contaminated hands.
If you are supposed to visit Grandma but you aren’t feeling well, the best thing you can do for Grandma is stay home. Rebook your visit. Call or FaceTime instead.
If you have a cough or other symptoms and must provide care for your older or vulnerable loved one, please wear a mask to reduce the risk of your droplets spreading infection.
It so important to Stay Active!!
The VON is offering a number of way that one can participate in the SMART exercise Program while social distancing:
Live SMART Exercise Zoom Classes
Zoom is a video conferencing platform that can be used through a computer desktop or mobile app, and allows users to connect online for video conference meetings, webinars and live chat.
The app is available to download for free, and Zoom users can choose to sign up to the free service, or for a number of paid plans. The free services allows users to create unlimited meetings with up to 100 participants, although the time limit for group meetings is 40 minutes.
How does it work?
Zoom allows users to create and join virtual meeting rooms where they can communicate with each other using video, and audio. Additional features can give participants the ability to share their screen, share files, and use text chat within the meeting group or privately with others in the meeting.
In order to join a Zoom meeting, a participant needs to have the Zoom app, and either the meeting link, or a Meeting ID and a password. While you do not need Zoom account to access a meeting, users need to set up an account in order to host a meeting.
If you would like to join a live Zoom Class email Kelly Gee and she will send you the Zoom Link to access the live classes.
VON SMART Exercise Programs:
The VON Exercise classes can be accessed through this playlist on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EC9a0rQKBvQ
Wightman Channel 6:
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7am Low Intensity, 8am Moderate Intensity, 9am High Intensity .
VON Fall Prevention Series: Monday, Wednesday and Friday's at 9 AM. Modules rotate through all 12 of them. The VON Falls Prevention Series is also on our Wightman YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt3MmNNNKrHWftstS-sjexx357ysQ09kp
Check out our VON Facebook Page for activity challenges!
VON SMART Bingo
Check out our VON SMART Exercise Website and Facebook Page for updates as to when our programs will continue to run in the community.