Pandemic Guidance for our Kupuna

If you or your loved ones are at higher risk due to age or a serious long-term health problem:

  • Reduce your risk of infection by practicing everyday prevention as part of your daily routine.
  • Know the medications your loved ones take and secure an extra 30-days worth of prescription medications, if possible.
  • Avoid nonessential travel, including plane trips and cruise ships.
  • Call your doctor with presenting symptoms, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if experiencing difficulty breathing, persistent chest pressure or pain, uncharacteristic confusion or bluish lips or face.
  • At-home recovery is possible if your sickness doesn’t require hospitalization. Follow CDC instructions for home care.

If you live in a retirement or independent living community:

  • Stay in your home and maintain social distancing.
  • Establish a buddy system and call fellow residents to check-in on each other.
  • Plan for disruption of typical services, such as hospitals, stores, banks, etc.
  • Actively monitor for COVID-19 symptoms in your community and notify your care team if you or someone in you know exhibits symptoms. Learn more.

If you care for kupuna or someone with a serious long-term health problem:

  • Know the medications taken by your loved ones and secure extra, if possible. Learn more.
  • Inventory medical supplies, such as oxygen, dialysis and wound care, and create a backup plan in the event of supply-chain shortage.
  • Keep nonperishable food items on hand to minimize trips to stores.

If your loved one lives in a long-term care facility:

  • Understand the facility’s outbreak protocol.
  • Call facility ahead of visits for updates and advice.
  • Inquire with the facility about any changes in health status of residents and guidance for visitations.
  • Avoid visiting to the extent possible. Limit time and keep a distance of 6+ ft from others.

Sources: Hawaii State Department of Health, Center For Disease Control, US Census

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