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How to Help Your Senior Manage Their Allergies This Season

Summer is officially here, and you know what that means… Pollen is outside in full force! This is the time of the year when those who have allergies are often suffering and trying to find relief. If your senior is one of those people, we know the struggle. That’s why we’re discussing several options to help minimize your senior’s allergies this season! Let’s take a look at some of our favorite tips and tricks below.

Go to the Drugstore

Allergy symptoms can typically be relieved or cleared with a simple OTC medication you can find in a drugstore. If your senior has a stuffy nose, they could try a decongestant. Or, if they’re sneezing, sniffling, or have a scratchy throat, they can try an antihistamine instead. Be sure to check with their doctor or caregiver first to make sure these OTC medications are okay for them to take.

Bonus Tip: Saltwater can be helpful if your senior prefers not to take an OTC medication! Allergens can be cleared out from the nasal membranes with a saline rinse. If your senior’s throat is bothering them, they can even try to gargle a bit of saltwater for relief!

Stay In and Keep Windows Closed

Seniors who typically head outdoors for a daily stroll or exercise should instead be encouraged to try an indoor workout. The same is try for seniors who like to keep the windows open for fresh air. During this season, it’s better to keep the windows closed to minimize allergies. Have your senior check the pollen counts each morning so they know when they should completely avoid the outdoors.

Wear a Mask Outside

If your senior has to go outside for chores or to run errands or to take a walk, encourage them to wear an N95 ask if the pollen count is high. An N95 mask will help to reduce their exposure to pollen particles by up to 95%!

Determine if It’s Really Allergies

Finally, you’ll want to be sure that your senior is in fact suffering from allergies and not something else. During the COVID-19 pandemic, no symptom should be discredited. Call your senior’s doctor if they’re experiencing an of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, fever or chills, a cough, fatigue, body ache, headache, loss of smell or taste, sore throat or congestion, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

For further guidance to help manage your senior loved one’s allergies, please feel free to reach out and contact our experts here at Home Care Assistance! We are here and ready to help.

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Why Older Adults are Higher Risk from Coronavirus

We have learned quite a bit about how Coronavirus affects us as the pandemic continues on, and who is most at-risk of catching the illness. Older adults are unfortunately categorized as a group that is more at-risk than younger people, for several reasons. But what exactly makes seniors more susceptible to the virus? We’re discussing that below along with what they can do to keep themselves safe.

Why Are Older Adults More at Risk?

Senior citizens are in fact twice as likely to contract Coronavirus, so it’s especially important they remain safe. As we age, our immune systems grow weaker and begin to deteriorate. The weaker an immune system is, the less it can fight off any infections or diseases like it used to. The safe is true for recover and repair – if a senior catches Coronavirus, they may not be able to recover as well as someone younger. Lungs also begin to lose elasticity and resiliency as a result of aging, and seniors can become particularly at-risk of suffering form inadequate respiratory function. Coronavirus is now well known for making breathing more difficult.

How Can Older Adults Protect Themselves?

Limit Visitations

How often do you visit with your senior loved one? If you visit more than once a week, we, unfortunately, recommend that you scale back on your visitations. Instead, try to limit your visits to only once a week, and when you can, use video calls or phone calls instead. They’re the next best thing if you cannot physically be with your senior! Limitations should also include trips to doctors’ offices. Unless it is absolutely medically necessary, your senior should reschedule their appointments. If you are unsure if they should be seen, just give their doctor a call.

Follow Guidelines

Listen to the experts and follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) protocols. The CDC advises frequent handwashing, which involves rubbing the hands together vigorously with an alcohol-based soap for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, seniors should consistently use disinfectants on countertops and doorknobs – frequently touched surfaces. If your senior needs to head out in public places or is visiting with family, the CDC encourages everyone to wear a mask.

Have Supplies

The last thing you want to happen while your senior is quarantining at home is for them to run out of supplies! You should make sure they are stocked on household necessities, like soap, disinfectants, and toilet paper. This should also include a plentiful stock of any of their regular medications and food for meal preparation. Be sure to check in often to help them replenish their supplies if they are getting low!

For further advice and information to keep your older adult safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact our experts at Home Care Assistance and schedule your consultation.