Supporting people with disability at home, who may experience COVID-19 is a discussion Director of Microboards Australia Jaquie Mills and health researcher Rachel Skoss had in a short video series for Developmental Disability WA.
This series of five short videos is filled with information and practical tips to help people in the event that they would be caring for someone with disability at home.
Both Jaquie and Rachel are parents of children with disability and are hearing from families that they’re not really sure what this (COVID-19) is going to look like.
Jaquie says while there are many resources out there on the preparation for COVID-19 some people aren’t sure what COVID-19 really looks like “on the ground.”
Some tips from video two Planning for Supplies include purchasing important items to track your health symptoms such as a thermometer, pulse oximeter, and a blood pressure cuff.
Although Rachel stresses the thermometer and pulse oximeter are more important than the blood pressure cuff.
When picking a thermometer it is best to ask a pharmacist which one will work best when considering supporting a person’s sensory needs.
If the person you’re supporting can tolerate wearing a watch, lots of watches today have the oximeter function which can be a great way to track COVID-19.
Rachel also says when it comes to medications, tablets can be difficult depending on your situation so trying medications in liquid form such as liquid Panadol for children can be a great option.
One alternative to a throat lozenge which some people with disability may not be able to have is a throat spray to soothe a sore throat.
To hear some more ideas about how to support someone with a disability with COVID-19 from Jaquie and Rachel click here.