It’s even more essential to be diligent about germ mitigation now that coronavirus is part of our daily lives. It’s equally important to take steps to protect yourself from germs if you regularly interact with an older loved one, since seniors are considered the top at-risk group for this new virus. Today, we’re going to offer some tips you and your elderly family member can keep in mind to minimize germ exposure.
Avoid Large Groups
This is one of the top recommendations for reducing the risk of coronavirus exposure, since germs are easily transferred in large groups of people. If you’re a family caregiver who needs to run errands for yourself and your loved one, try to do so during less busy times of the day. Another option is to take advantage of delivery options whenever possible.
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 elder care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Adopt Good Hygiene Habits
One of the most effective ways to keep germs at bay is to adopt good hygiene habits. Doing so also provides a gentle reminder for seniors to do the same thing. According to the CDC, exposure to coronavirus can be reduced with hygiene habits that involve:
• Washing hands for at least 20 seconds
• Regularly cleaning commonly touched/used surfaces and items
• Using the “elbow method” when sneezing/coughing
• Using disinfectant wipes for phones and other devices commonly touched/used
Act Like You Have No Fingers
This may sound a bit silly, but it’s an easy way to avoid touching too many surfaces throughout your day. It’s also a memorable way to get your loved one to do the same thing. Viruses that cause illnesses like COVID-19 can easily get into the body via the eyes, nose, ears, or mouth with a simple touch, so it’s a good idea to get into the habit of using elbows to press elevator buttons or turn faucets on or off. Face touching is also best avoided.
Limit Contact with Sick Family Members & Other Individuals
If you provide care for your loved one, be cautious if you have younger children or other immediate family members who have colds or similar illnesses. If it isn’t possible to have a spouse or other trusted individual help out, consider in-home care for your loved one while you take care of a sick family member so you’re not passing germs along. It’s especially important to err on the side of caution with elderly family members, since older immune systems are already compromised because of age-related changes. The same goes for assisted living facilities. If you’ve been considering placing your loved one in one of these facilities, keep in mind he or she could come into contact with several people during the course of a day, thus increasing the risk of contracting the virus.
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Colorado Springs, CO, 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.
Keep Your Distance
This is another reason to consider in-home care, since your loved one can receive the assistance he or she needs from a trained caregiver in the comfort of home. What this does is allow you to social distance and avoid unnecessary travel without feeling guilty or leaving your loved one uncared for.
Also protect yourself and your loved one from germs by eating nutrient-rich foods that naturally strengthen the immune system. Fortunately, there are many tasty and healthy options, some of which include:
• Seasonal fruits and veggies
• Lean meats, poultry, and fish
• Beans, eggs, seeds, and nuts
• Dark chocolate (in moderation)
If your loved one needs help following healthy habits that boost his or her immune system, a home caregiver can be a wonderful source of support. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of senior care. Colorado 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. Trust Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate, professional home care for your loved one. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (719) 822-1229.
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://homecareassistancecsprings.com/covid-19-home-care/.