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33 Top Caregiver Questions regarding senior care during the Coronavirus crisis
By DebraMcDonagh / May 20, 2020

DAILY CARING has provided answers to the 33 Top Caregiver Questions they have received in regard to Coronavirus Senior Care.

Should older adults have non-essential visitors during this time?

What precautions should I take when I'm visiting an older adult's home?

When I bring purchases into the home, like food or household supplies, do I need to sanitize them before putting them away or using them?

When I receive packages, do they need to be sanitized?

What's the proper technique for washing my hands to reduce the spread of infection?

How do I disinfect my older adult's home to prevent the spread of viruses?

I care for two separate people, in two separate locations. How can I safely provide care and not transmit viruses between them or from myself?

My older adult is in a nursing home or assisted living community that has been locked down - no visitors are allowed. How can I keep in touch with them and make sure they're not scared or lonely?

Are grocery stores dedicating certain hours in which high-risk individuals (like seniors) can shop without crowds?

Is the COVID-19 virus airborne? Can I get infected by using the elevator in my building?

If I have a fever and don't know if I have COVID-19, is it ok to take Advil (ibuprofen) to bring down the fever?

What should I do if I start to feel ill?

Is financial help available for people who have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis? (See #18 for additional tips and info)

What are some senior-friendly indoor activity ideas?

Should seniors go to existing medical appointments?

How do I talk about coronavirus lifestyle changes and shelter-in-place orders with someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia?

What can you do when seniors won't take social distancing or stay-at-home orders seriously?

I can't work right now because the company is shut down, I've been laid off, or because I need to stay home to reduce my older adult's exposure to the virus. What kind of financial help can I get?

I heard that Americans are going to get money from the government. What does that mean for me? How much money will I get?

What does Medicare cover for coronavirus?

What about me? Are coronavirus tests and treatments going to be covered by my health insurance?

I lost my job-based health insurance coverage and I'm worried about getting medical care if I get sick. Where can I get low-cost coverage now?

Should I wear a face mask when I go out? What about at home?

Should I make my own hand sanitizer? Can I use DIY hand sanitizer recipes that I find online?

Should grandparents be visiting with grandchildren right now?

I'm on Social Security and don't have to file taxes. Do I need to file a tax return or extra paperwork to get my coronavirus stimulus payment from the government?

What are my options if I can't pay my credit card bills due to coronavirus?

What's the best material to use when making a cloth face mask?

What should I do if my older adult gets sick? How do I know if they have COVID-19?

I'm a senior and I'm not able to go out to buy groceries due to coronavirus. How can I get help with shopping?

I'm taking care of someone with dementia. Before coronavirus, I was preparing to move them to a memory care community, but the care community has stopped move-ins and the person is getting more aggressive. How can I get help? What can I do?

My older adult has an in-home caregiver who goes to their home every day. What kind of precautions should they be taking?

If restrictions or stay-at-home orders are being lifted in my area, does that mean that the pandemic is under control and we don't need to take precautions against coronavirus exposure anymore?

If you have a question that has not already answered, you can email them at

If you require immediate response or caregiving support, please contact BayPath Caregiver Specialist, Donna Murray at

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