COVID-19 is an insidious disease because it can affect the lives of those who don't get it just as much as those who do get infected. For example, many seniors have found it very hard to get their medicines over the last few months because they are afraid of going out. However, it is important for them to avoid this fear and to work with a pharmacy to protect themselves and others from this rampant pandemic.
Why COVID-19 Impacts the Lives of So Many Seniors
COVID-19 has been incredibly deadly in the senior community, spreading rampantly and causing various health risks and many, many deaths. However, even people who haven't experienced this disease yet have had their lives changed in many ways. For example, seniors worried about exposure may find it harder to get their medicines filled and may stay at home instead of getting their medications.
This problem is a huge issue because it may cause seniors to have weaker immune systems and poor reactions to various types of health problems and may even cause deaths. As a result, it is important for seniors in this situation to understand when it is important to visit their pharmacy, to learn more about how their pharmacy is protecting them, and to take steps to avoid serious health issues as well.
When Visiting a Pharmacy Is Wise
When seniors need medications, it is important for them to call ahead to their pharmacy long before they need them refilled. Giving the pharmacy a few hours or even a few days warning helps to make this process easier and gets the senior in and out of the facility sooner, rather than later. They can also talk to their pharmacist about safety steps — such as various face masks and anti-septic tools — being used at the facility.
Just as importantly, they can consider finding a pharmacy that offers some type of delivery service or an isolated and socially distant method of providing medicines. Some may prepare medicines and leave them outside of the door of the facility for each patient, one client at a time. Or they may have a delivery service designed to handle the needs of a senior in a way that minimizes their risks of COVID-19 exposure.
Thankfully, pharmacies around the nation have already adapted to these problems in a way that makes sense for their consumers' needs, providing a safer environment that should make it easier for seniors to get the medicines that they need to be safe and healthy.