With cold and flu season in full swing, it’s important to ensure your senior parents don’t catch any illnesses. Seniors can have an especially difficult time with these conditions because of weakened immune systems. From improving everyday practices to securing home health care services, here’s how you can monitor their health to ensure they make it safely through the season.
How to Help Senior Parents Avoid the Cold & Flu
1. Eat Well & Relax
Diet plays an important role in boosting the immune system, so make sure your loved one is eating plenty of healthy foods. Their diet should include lots of fruits and vegetables, and they’ll need to stay hydrated throughout the day. Make sure they get plenty of sleep as well and minimize unnecessary time outdoors or in public places where they may catch an illness.
2. Wash Hands
One easy way to contract the cold or flu is through touching contaminated surfaces. Whenever possible, have your loved one wash their hands. They should use warm water, especially after leaving public places and before eating. Remind them not to touch their face either, as it can increase the likelihood of contracting the cold or flu. Also, keep them far from others who have the cold or flu, including yourself.
3. Hire a Home Health Care Professional
You can’t always be around to help your senior parent follow wellness steps, so if they need an extra hand, hire a home health care professional to assist. They can ensure your loved one practices good hygiene and eats well, and most importantly, assist with any needs based on existing conditions or health complications. If your parent does come down with an illness, they can identify symptoms early on and ensure they get the treatment they need.
Since 1960, Lifetime Care has been committed to ensuring seniors in the Finger Lakes region of New York live healthy, fulfilling lives. They provide comprehensive home health care services, as well as hospice and palliative care assistance. You can count on their qualified staff to take care of your loved one and to provide any emotional support as needed. Call (585) 214-1000 to reach their Rochester, NY, location and visit their website to learn more. You can also connect on Facebook for news and updates.