Managing Chronic Conditions During the Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has been a stressful time for many people. This stress can be heightened for those with chronic conditions that need to be closely monitored. Having access to health care is of vital importance for these higher risk patients and Tri-County Health Care has implemented protective measures to make sure all patients are able to receive the care they need.Coronavirus risk factors poster with flat line icons. Vector illustration included icon as elderly citizens, diabetes, heart and respiratory desease pictogram. Medical, healthcare blue infographics.

According to research from the Centers for Disease Control, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from the Coronavirus. This includes people 65 years and older and those with chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and liver disease.

It is important for people to manage these conditions to the best of their ability to lower the risk of severe complications should they be infected with the Coronavirus.

“We want to identify any symptoms of chronic conditions as soon as possible and make sure they are under control to improve the outcome if the patient does contract the Coronavirus,” said Alison Meyer, APRN, CNP. “We have continued to see these patients to confirm their needs are met so they don’t run into complications because of these chronic conditions.”

Healthcare worker at home visit of patient with chronic conditionTri-County Health Care has continued to reach out to higher risk patients to let them know it’s safe to come in to meet with their provider, complete any necessary lab work and stay up to date on their medications. Appointments are scheduled so patients can complete all of these steps in one visit to the clinic. Providers are also seeing patients through Video Visits, as another option for some situations.

In addition to closely monitoring their conditions, patients are encouraged to stay active and get plenty of exercise, eat healthy foods, practice good hand hygiene and limit exposure by social distancing.

Safety precautions are in place at all Tri-County Health Care locations to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. All patients and staff are screened and masked prior to entering the clinic, visitor restrictions are in place to reduce the number of people in the facilities, all high-touch surfaces and exam rooms are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, personal protective equipment is worn by patients and staff and social distancing measures are in place in all areas.

“These precautions are in place so patients can access their health care and make sure we keep track of any complications,” Meyer said. “We want our patients to know when they come in, it’s a safe place and we have their best interest in mind.”

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