Home Care in New Milford, CT
Germ control is an important part of keeping your aging loved ones healthy throughout the year, but it is especially important during cold and flu season. Cold and flu flourish in the fall and winter, but you can make a tremendous difference in your elderly parents' risk for contracting the illness by helping to control the spread of germs. These sickness are spread through the air, but they can also spread through contact with surfaces that host the germs that cause illness. Making on-the-go germ control a part of your parents' home care routine can allow them to continue enjoying their favorite activities and outings during the fall and winter seasons while also keeping them healthy, strong, and protected from the potentially devastating effects of cold and flu.
Seniors are far more susceptible to contracting cold and flu than younger adults due to lower immune systems and potential other health concerns that diminish their bodies' ability to fight off infection. They are also less capable of fighting the sickness, meaning it is much more difficult for them to recover from the illness and are more vulnerable to contracting other sicknesses and infections while they have cold and flu. This means that making sure your parents are always prepared to fight germs and keep them from spreading is a vital step in maintaining their health.
Use these tools, and share them with your aging loved ones' in home health care services provider, to keep your parents healthier throughout cold and flu season:
• Tissues. Handkerchiefs might have old-fashioned appeal, but they are terrible for germ management. Equip your parents with plenty of tissues so that they can sneeze, cough, or blow their nose and then get rid of the tissue. Look for convenient pocket packs that keep the tissues clean and organized in a pocket, purse, or day bag.
• Antibacterial gel. Extensive studies have shown that the use of antibacterial soaps can actually do more harm than good, but using antibacterial gel while away from regular soap and water can make sure you get rid of the germs on your hands quickly. Overusing these gels, however, can have negative effects, so make your parents know how to use them responsibly.
• Cleansing wipes. Disinfecting surfaces is an important step in keeping contact with germs to a minimum. Remember that cold and flu germs can live on porous surfaces for up to 12 hours and hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. If those surfaces are at all damp or wet, the virus can thrive for up to 72 hours. This means that if you grab onto the handle of a grocery cart and the person who used that cart the day before had the flu, you have now grabbed onto those germs. Packing cleansing wipes that contain antibacterial and antivirus ingredients lets you disinfect surfaces before you touch them to reduce how many germs you actually touch.
• Pens. Something as simple as picking up a pen to sign a check can put you in contact with millions of germs. Bring along your own so that you only contact your own germs and you can clean it off as often as you wish.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in New Milford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.