Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions for
Elderly Care

“Should I do the grocery shopping instead of my
parents?”

Older adults and adults with health conditions should take precautions to reduce risk of exposure of the virus. This including limiting unnecessary to other people, poorly ventilated areas, and ensuring enough space between them and others. It is thus important to follow local guidance that has been set in your country or region, and be aware of measures implemented in your area to limit the spread of the virus and exposure for the most vulnerable population. These may change day by day, please check them on regular basis.

If you are able to go outside, stay more than 2 metres from others. If possible, ensure that your parents have enough supplies on hand in case they need to stay at home, including groceries, household items and medications. Help them by taking care of their grocery shopping and avoid letting your parents handle that. Consider using home delivery services of groceries or meals, avoiding contacts with the delivery staff, to ensure that your parents have a supply of nutritious foods.

“I have parents and/or relatives living in a care home,
Should I stop visiting them?”

It is important to follow local guidance that has been set in your country or region, and be aware of measures implemented in your area to limit the spread of the virus and exposure for the most vulnerable population, including those set by the care home itself. These may change day by day; please check them on regular basis.

“My parent is drinking oral nutritional supplements.
Should I pick up the products at the pharmacy so my
parent can stay home?”

It is important to follow local guidance that has been set in your country or region, and be aware of measures implemented in your area to limit the spread of the virus and exposure for the most vulnerable population, including those set by the care home itself. These may change day by day; please check them on regular basis. If you are able to go outside, stay more than 2 metres from others. It is wise to ensure sufficient supply of medical nutrition products at home in case your parents need to stay home. You can discuss with your pharmacy what is to be expected, and how to ensure continuity of supply over time, including options for home delivery.

“I am feeling well, but I want to see my mother/father
at their home what should I do?”

It is important to follow local protocols that have been set in your country or region. These my change day by day. Please check them on regular basis, especially if you are in contact with those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus, such as elderly people.

If your parents have an increased risk of severe illness fro coronavirus, due to their age or their health condition then where possible, connect with them through internet, skype and phone and remind them that this is a temporary situation to protect them because they are important to you.

Think about ways to keep in touch regularly and ensure that your parents have a means to contact you. If you are visiting an older relative for an essential purpose, you should keep more distance, preferably at least 1-2 metres apart, no kissing and hugging, and washing your hands well and often. Using sanitizer gel when it is not possible to wash.

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Important Notice

Breast milk is best for babies. At Danone India, we support breast feeding and believe that breast milk is the best food for babies as the sole source of nutrition for the first 6 months of life and is recommended to be continued until 2 years with the introduction of appropriate complementary foods after 6 months of age.