Care and Guidance for Older People – Covid 19 and Social Distancing: Staying Safe and Well

27 March 2020

Care and Guidance for Older People – Covid 19 and Social Distancing: Staying Safe and Well.

Dr Fahad Yousaf – Letter to Patients

Dear Patient

You will be aware of the current guidance regarding the Coronavirus (Covid 19) and about social distancing and self-isolation. These are very difficult times and you may be feeling stressed, anxious or finding it difficult. Please make sure that you are looking after yourself and staying safe. We have put together some information and guidance which may be useful and helpful in preventing any complications which may arise from self-isolation.

Mobility

It is important that you continue to be as mobile as possible, walking short distances within your own environment and doing some safe exercise, including exercises sitting in a chair, at least twice a day.

Nutrition

Please ensure that you are taking adequate nutrition and fluid intake, your doctor will decide if supplements will be helpful.

Medications

Please ensure that you are taking all medications as prescribed and we will review your medication as necessary.

Wellbeing

To help avoid loneliness, anxiety and depression it is very important to try and spend time doing enjoyable activities and hobbies. Try and stay connected to your family and friends via a telephone call or video call.

We will contact you again in around six weeks’ time but in the meantime should you have any concerns please do call the Practice on 01254 617301 or CESOP on 07903450044 (please do leave a message if unanswered).

Very best regards

Dr Fahad Yousaf

Senior Speciality doctor in Cardiology GP with special interest in Research & Teaching (The Family Practice.

MBBS, MRCP (UK), MRCPE (Internal Medicine), MD cardiology (Newcastle University), MRCGP

On behalf of Centre of Excellence in Safety for Older People (CESOP)

 www.cesop.org.uk

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