Caring for others

Support for caretakers

Stay healthy while taking care of loved ones at home

If you’re caring for someone at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 (like an older adult or someone with a serious illness) you can take steps to keep you both healthy.

  • Ask their doctor for extra medicine. Keep extra supplies, over-the-counter medicine and non-perishable foods on hand.

  • Disinfect things you touch often, like doorknobs, light switches and countertops every day.

  • In case you get sick, have a back-up caregiver and make a list of emergency contacts.

  • Keep an eye on their health and pay extra attention for COVID-19 symptoms.

  • If they show signs of COVID-19, contact their doctor.

  • Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good airflow, like an opened window or an air conditioner.

  • Wear a mask and disposable gloves and stay as far away as possible while still giving care.