While we are all getting ready for and anticipating the spring season, this is also the time of year for something not so fun. Yes, it’s flu season 2020! During flu season, it is especially important for your senior loved one to be careful and take some extra measures to avoid getting sick. Seniors are much more likely to contract the flu already, thanks to their weaker immune systems. But by following our advice below, your senior can reduce the chances of getting the flu, and at the very least reduce the length and severity of the illness.
Get Plenty of Exercise
What you really want to do is boost your senior’s immune system as much as possible! Exercise can help them get the job done. Regular exercise reduces the likelihood of your senior catching the cold or flu by a third. Exercise does not have to be strenuous; going for a walk once a day will work.
Wash Your Hands
Keep germs away from your senior by reminding them to wash their hands often with any regular soap! They should be rubbing their hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds and scrubbing ALL over the hands – in between fingers, backs of the hands, the wrists, and under the fingernails. If they don’t have access to soap and water as much as they’d like, have them carry hand sanitizer with them, too.
Get the Flu Vaccine
To reduce your senior’s likelihood of catching the flu, encourage them to get the flu vaccine. If they do happen to contract the flu, the vaccine will help to reduce the duration and severity of the illness. It is recommended to get the flu vaccine in October or November, but experts say that any time of the year is better than not getting it at all.
Keep Your Environment Clean
As important as keeping seniors’ hands clean is keeping their home clean! Particularly the kitchen and bathroom where you’ll find the most germs. Be sure they’re using a good disinfectant and are paying special attention to cleaning doorknobs, light switches, and countertops!
Drink Your Fluids
Be sure your senior is drinking their fluids! When they’re taking in water or hot tea, they’re actually keeping their nasal passages moist. This traps germs and prevents them from spreading!
To learn more about how to keep your senior healthy during flu season, or to hear more about our senior care services, call us here at Home Care Assistance and schedule your consultation!