Care management is vital to prevent chronic disease exacerbation, more so during the COVID-19 outbreak. It has gained paramount importance given the fact that seniors are in the high-risk category of contracting and possibly succumbing to respiratory disease.
Immunocompromised patients living with serious conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, asthma, severe obesity, and liver disease may face more complications due to SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.
This blog post evaluates the importance of chronic care management (CCM) during the pandemic.
Chronic Care Management – The Current Scenario
Across the United States, chronic disease patients are reluctant to seek care due to the viral outbreak. Unfortunately, almost 50% of Americans have delayed care as of August 2020. On the other hand, some of them do not plan to seek care until the pandemic abates.
If you are a caregiver or a senior living with multiple chronic illnesses, you should enhance your clinical capabilities during this time to combat the unprecedented challenge.
Prioritize Your Needs
How do we protect the most vulnerable population group from the potentially fatal viral disease?
The first step begins with you!
You must prioritize your health needs to increase your likelihood of survival if you do contract the disease.
Besides, our MyHealthRecords app helps patients and caregivers better manage COPD, diabetes, and other chronic ailments.
By regularly monitoring your conditions, you could avoid pandemic-related complications to a large extent.
Explore Virtual Health Alternatives
As the world gears up for the second wave of infection, hospitals and care facilities continue to be overwhelmed.
This is why you need to explore virtual health options such as telehealth and remote health monitoring that allow you to manage your condition as well as adhere to social distancing protocols.
For instance, since SARS-CoV-2 has damaging effects on the lungs, it could prove to be life-threatening for asthmatic patients.
Through our affordable and effective remote monitoring services, we keep tabs on the patients’ vitals. Therefore, remote health monitoring combined with care management could prevent severe complications.
Incorporate Good Nutrition and Physical Activity
The pandemic has brought forth certain unprecedented challenges. Due to extended periods spent in quarantine, people had little to no physical activity. As a result, obesity is turning out to be a significant contributor to COVID-19 mortality.
Healthcare providers are adopting an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the impact of obesity on the patient’s ability to recover from the viral disease. Therefore, one cannot understate the significance of caloric balance under such circumstances.
If you are facing a similar problem, you should get in touch with a nutritionist who can make a comprehensive diet plan by taking your condition into account.
Besides, light exercises and brisk walking every day can help you fight obesity, reducing COVID-induced difficulties.
Address Comorbid Depression
Chronic illnesses are often accompanied by comorbid depression. Patients may or may not have a caregiver near them. As a result, loneliness takes a toll on their mental health as well.
The situation has worsened because of the pandemic forcing people to stay in isolation more than ever. This, in turn, is contributing to the patients’ loneliness and decreasing their motivation level.
Every senior wants to know that they are cared for. Our team at AdvantagePlusNurses keeps in touch with our patients to see how they are doing. It is because something as simple as checking up on the patient could profoundly impact their health outcomes.
If you are encountering depressive episodes, you should consult a therapist. It’s possible to avail online therapy sessions without having to leave your home.
Take Basic Precautions
Since you may be at a greater risk of COVID-19 exposure, you must take all necessary precautions as laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some of the most important guidelines include:
- Maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet with people – both inside and outside your home
- Cover your nose and mouth using a mask in public settings or when someone (who doesn’t reside with you) visits your home
- Disinfect tables, sinks, faucets, handles, and other frequently used surfaces
- Watch for shortness of breath, cough, and fever
- Wash your hands often
Since the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down, increased focus on chronic care management to protect at-risk individuals remains pivotal.
Maintaining continuity of care amid the pandemic is crucial to ensure the seniors’ overall health and well-being.
At AdvantagePlusNurses, we have an experienced, dedicated staff of care specialists who provide top-quality care to chronic disease patients.