In some ways, the COVID-19 virus has brought out the best in many people, including business owners. For example, many grocery stores and big box stores are making changes to their regular schedules to offer people at higher risk for the virus, like older adults, a chance to shop before the store is open to the rest of the public. Some of the large chain stores, such as Wal-Mart and Target, have chosen one hour per week for vulnerable people to shop. Other stores, like Dollar General, are dedicating the first hour of each business day to those at greatest risk. Some stores have chosen other ways to accommodate people during social distancing. They are offering the ability to order online or via phone. Then, the customer picks up their order curbside, minimizing their contact with other people.

Even with these adjustments, going out of the house still poses some risks for senior citizens. If you’re concerned about your older family member going on outings to run errands during the COVID-19 outbreak, senior care can help them to stay safer when they leave the house. Below are some of the ways a senior care provider can protect your loved one from the virus.

Wiping Down Cart Handles

The handles of shopping carts can be a hotbed for germs. Think about how many people touch them each day without having washed their hands first. A senior care provider can bring along disinfecting wipes to clean cart handles before your older family member comes in contact with them.

Hand Washing or Sanitizing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends frequent hand washing as a means of protecting people from COVID-19. It’s especially important to wash hands after going out of the house. A senior care provider can remind the older adult to wash their hands immediately after returning home and disinfect surfaces that were touched inside the home, such as doorknobs and faucets.

Social Distancing

Although experts are recommending staying in the house as one of the best ways to prevent contracting the virus, when it is necessary for your aging relative to leave the house, they should practice social distancing. That means staying at least 6 feet away from other people. A senior care provider can remind them not to get too close to others while in stores or offices.

Putting on a Mask

If your older family member’s doctor has recommended they wear a mask when going out in public, a senior care provider can help them to put it on before going out of the house. They can also wash reusable masks as needed.


If you or an aging loved one is considering senior care in Westbrook, ME, please contact the caring staff at CareTree Healthcare today. Call today! 207-899-0774.