Coronavirus is especially dangerous because humans have no natural immunity to it. There’s also no vaccine for it yet. These are just a couple of the reasons it’s recommended that seniors make an effort to protect themselves from viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that can affect an older immune system. It’s just as important to be diligent about minimizing germ exposure if you’re in regular contact with an older loved one. Below, you’ll find common virus/bacteria mitigation suggestions that can benefit both you and your loved one.
Wash Hands Regularly
The most effective way to minimize the exposure to viruses and bacteria is with regular handwashing. The CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds. A good way to remember this is by singing a short song, such as “Happy Birthday.” Be just as diligent about cleaning regularly touched surfaces.
Avoid Touching the Face
According to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), people touch their faces an average of 23 times an hour. This is especially dangerous with a pathogen like coronavirus (which primarily targets the respiratory system) because viruses and bacteria can be transferred from other surfaces to the nose or mouth when the face is touched.
Use the “Elbow Method” When Coughing/Sneezing
Many germs are spread through sneezes and coughs. What’s sometimes referred to as the “elbow method” is often recommended because it prevents germs from accidentally being spread to anyone nearby. If you opt to use your hand to cover your mouth or nose, wash your hands immediately after.
Minimize Close Contact with Others
Social distancing is recommended as a way to prevent coronavirus because respiratory viruses like this one are notoriously easy to transmit. This doesn’t mean you have to stay away from your loved one, especially if you’re his or her primary family caregiver. But you can set a good example by using home delivery services as much as possible, using social media and other remote technology, and taking other steps to practice social distancing.
To keep your loved one from having to go out, a home caregiver can run errands for him or her, including shopping for groceries and picking up prescriptions. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Eat Healthy Foods
Both you and your loved one can benefit from keeping your immune systems as strong and prepared to fight germs as possible. One way to do this is with a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes an abundance of fruits and veggies.
A home caregiver can help your loved one plan and prepare nutritious meals. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of at-home care. Altamonte Springs families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
Something else you and your loved one can do to minimize issues with viruses and bacteria is get regular vaccines. There’s no vaccine yet for coronavirus, but staying up to date with other vaccines can reduce the risk of developing the flu or another serious condition that could compromise the immune system.
Consider In-Home Care
If you’re acting as a family caregiver and you have children and other responsibilities in your life, it’s not always easy to limit in-person contact, which could be a potential problem for your loved one when you interact with him or her. If this is a concern for you, in-home care is worth considering when coronavirus concerns are high. Professional caregivers are trained to keep older adults’ immediate environments as safe as possible. Plus, this type of care is provided in the comfort of your loved one’s home. Receiving care at home may be a safer alternative to assisted living because it reduces the number of people your loved one comes into contact with on a day-to-day basis.
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Windermere, FL, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. To hire a dedicated caregiver, call Home Care Assistance at (407) 232-7155 today.
With information surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it’s challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home. At Home Care Assistance, we understand how critical it is for seniors and their caregivers to protect against coronavirus as much as possible. All our team members have received detailed communication on infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands. Our caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people. For more information on how Home Care Assistance helps protect clients, click here: https://www.homecareassistanceorlando.com/covid-19-home-care/.