Posted on Oct 18, 2012
Avoiding cold and flu during changing seasons is easier with the assistance of compassionate care from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara. The caregivers from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, 805-687-7777, are experienced, highly trained and will treat your elderly loved one like a member of their own family.
Nothing is worse than waking up in the morning only to realize a cold, or worse, has set in overnight. Sore throats, fevers, coughs, and congestion are just a few of the telltale signs that the pleasant transition to cool weather has brought an uninvited guest. We’re all prone to colds and the flu, but as we age, our immune systems have a much harder time staying strong and defending us. It is essential to take precautions, so here is a list of preventative measure you can take to stay healthy this fall.
One of the major ways to prevent cold and flu is frequent hand washing. This important measure is often overlooked as beneficial because it seems so simple. Another effective way to defend against illness is to use an alcohol based hand sanitizer when on-the-go. Many stores often a portable size that is easy to keep with you at all times.
When at all possible, remember to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth more than necessary. Even with vigorous hand washing, it is impossible to guarantee that your hands are clean at all times. Another helpful way to avoid cold and flu during these changing seasons is to eat balanced meals and drink plenty of fluids. Illness is almost always easily combatted with enough rest. Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
An obvious way to avoid cold and flu during the changing seasons is to stay away from any person who is fighting a sickness. The exposure to cold and flu should be avoided whenever possible. If for any reason, you discover that you have come in contact with the flu, and has unfortunately gotten sick, be sure to always cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent any people, especially elderly, from catching the flu. Remember to always immediately discard any used tissues to avoid any contamination with objects or other people. As we age, our ability to fight off infection, including influenza and the common cold becomes more difficult. The flu can become life threatening with complications for an elderly person, and it best to practice healthy behaviors when avoiding cold and flu during the changing seasons. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, 805-687-7777, can offer an elderly loved one the support they may need to successfully get through the changing seasons. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara proudly offers short or long term assistance to Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.
If you notice flu-like symptoms in an elderly loved one, get them to a doctor as soon as possible. If you notice your loved struggling with fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue, get them the medical attention they need. This is the best way to avoid further complications, such as pneumonia. Seniors living independently and those who reside in nursing homes need to do all that is possible to avoid cold and flu during the changing seasons as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 9 out of 10 flu-related deaths occur within the senior population.
If you find that your daily responsibilities make it difficult to attend to your elderly loved one’s needs, you can trust that the caregivers from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara can be there on a daily basis to keep your loved one safe and healthy in their home. The highly trained caregivers will remind your loved one to wash their hands frequently and will help them eat well balanced meals, drink plenty of fluids, and get the rest they need to stay healthy. The compassionate and dependable caregivers from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara know the measures to take when avoiding cold and flu during the changing seasons. If you would like to learn more about the in home senior care services available from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara in your area, call 805-687-7777 to speak to a caring specialist today!
***This article is courtesy of Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, proudly serving Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.