Caregiver Tips for La Habra Residents

What you need to know as a caregiver.

Caregivers do a lot for others and often do not take care of themselves.  
The best thing you can do for the person you care for is to stay healthy.

What to do to take good care of yourself.

  • Leave your home and your person’s home only to pick up “must have” items.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people when out in public.
  • Wear a face covering. 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Do not touch your face. The virus can enter through your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Try to eat healthy, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.
  • Take your medicines and manage your own chronic conditions, if you have any.
  • Think ahead and make a plan in case you do get sick.

What to do in the home of the person you care for.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water when coming into the home.
  • Clean all surfaces in the home with disinfectant wipes. Or use a solution of 4 teaspoons of bleach to 4 cups of water. Wipe down doorknobs, sink handles, refrigerator and oven doors, steering wheel, phones, computers and other high-use surfaces.
  • Change hand kitchen towels daily. Use paper towels, if possible.
  • Open the windows during the day, if not too cold. This allows some fresh air into the house.  

What to do about any scheduled doctor appointments for the person you care for.
  • Be aware that most doctors and other providers are seeing patients only as needed during this time.
  • Call the doctor for the person you care for and find out if the appointment is being rescheduled or being done via telehealth.
  • Let the doctor know about any prescription medicines that need refills.
  • Work with the doctor to not run out of any medicine.

What to do about visitors.
  • Keep visitors to one or two people at a time.
  • Ask visitors to wash hands with soap and water upon coming into the house.
  • In order to keep your person safe, do not allow these visitors:
  • Children: Instead, help your person use face time or the phone to talk with them.
  • Possibly infected people: Anyone who feels unwell or has COVID-19 symptoms or has come in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
What to look for during this pandemic to stay healthy?
  • Monitor yourself and your person for symptoms.
  • Take your temperature. If you have a temperature higher than 100o F, ask someone else to step in for you and take care of your person.
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms. This includes fever, cough, or sore throat.
What to do if the person you care for has COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Call the doctor for the person you care for
  • The doctor will tell you if testing is needed and where to go.
  • You may be told to treat it like a cold or flu virus. If so, here’s what to do:
  • Give Tylenol or acetaminophen to lower fever (unless told not to by the doctor).
  • Use a nasal rinse (such as neti pot).
  • Give plenty of fluids and soup.
  • Make sure the person you care for gets rest.
  • Keep the person you care for away from others.
What to do if the symptoms get worse.

Call the doctor right away if you see any of these symptoms.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Light-headedness

Call 911 if you cannot reach the doctor.

  • Tell the dispatcher the person’s symptoms. 
  • Tell the dispatcher if the person you care for was tested and has the COVID-19 virus.