When cold and flu season hits, it can be especially worrisome for seniors living on their own, especially if they have health concerns. However, there are several ways to ensure you remain as healthy as possible, even through the most powerful cold season.
Keep a Clean and Healthy Home
Keeping cold and flu germs at bay by cleaning and disinfecting your home frequently throughout the season is one of the most effective ways to ensure you stay as healthy as possible. Focus on the most commonly germ-infested surfaces, such as faucets, door knobs, sponges, countertops and toilets. Look around and think about what could be contaminated. Minimizing bacteria will help to drastically reduce the risk of catching those bugs you’re trying to avoid. If you need a helping hand cleaning your home, you may consider hiring a cleaning service. Allegiance home health care providers often help our clients with tasks such as keeping their homes clean and as germ-free as possible.
Maintaining good hygiene is as critical as maintaining a clean environment when cold and flu season hits, especially for the elderly. Ensure you are bathing regularly while also washing your hands each time you contact others or spend time outside of your home. It is also important to wash your hands after cooking and using the restroom to prevent germs from mutating into cold and flu viruses once inside of the body.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
It’s especially important to keep your body’s immune system as strong as you can during the cold season. Eating the right foods, getting exercise and making rest a priority will help your body to fight off whatever sickness may be going around. Allegiance’s caregivers often help clients shop for and prepare the right foods and get outside for daily exercise. These things can help a body maintain great immunity.
Consider Senior Home Care
Home care agencies, like Allegiance Home Health and Rehab, are highly recommended for anyone who may have physical limitations or just need a helping hand. Our dedicated team provides clients with a better quality of life while maintaining their independence in the comfort and security of their own home. Our caregivers are also familiar with keeping homes germ-free, especially during cold and flu season, allowing them to provide you with a clean and healthy environment all-year-round. We customize our care to fit each patient’s unique needs and personality, resulting in better care, and happier - and healthier - patients.