Care for the elderly and disabled in confinement

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Residents are seated in a corridor on March 4, 2020, in a nursing home in Brest, in the west of France. Loic VENANCE / AFP

By: Caroline Paré Follow

The elderly, considered to be vulnerable to Covid 19, could be confined longer than others. The pandemic is placing a double burden on the elderly: increased risk of complications and isolation imposed by the risk of contagion, which weakens psychologically and cognitively, people who already often have several comorbidities.


How to take care of them while avoiding the harmful consequences of isolation? How do people with disabilities experience being isolated? What role can families and loved ones play? How do caregivers, educational and paramedical staff cope with the situation?

  • Dr Frédéric Béhar, geriatrician and nutritionist, head of the geriatrics department at the Joffre-Dupuytren hospital in Draveil (Essonne), a service which includes a follow-up and rehabilitation unit, a long-term care unit and a palliative care unit . President of the geriatric commission of the central CLAN (food nutrition liaison committee)
  • José Salas , director of the Lorraine Association for Aid to the Severely Disabled (ALAGH)

  • Family testimonies: parents / children, grandparents and great grandparents 

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