Helpful Tips for Making Sure Your Parent Avoids the Flu

It’s flu season. Per the CDC, the 2016/2017 flu season found the virus at its worst from January through March. While the flu is most prevalent in those months, sporadic cases often pop up as early as September.

Elderly Care Fairport NY - Helpful Tips for Making Sure Your Parent Avoids the Flu

Elderly Care Fairport NY – Helpful Tips for Making Sure Your Parent Avoids the Flu

Here are tips you can use to help your parent to avoid contracting the flu.

Eat Healthy Foods

A proper diet can help boost the immune system. Have your parent focus meals and snacks on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid processed foods and items that are full of sugar. In the winter, a pot of tomato-rich vegetable soup, such as minestrone or cabbage soup, is never a bad thing to keep available.

Disinfect Doorknobs, Handles, and Phones After Visitors

At least every few days, your mom or dad should take a disinfectant wipe to doorknobs, phones, remotes, sink knobs, toilet handles, and other items that visitors may have touched. This helps kill germs around the house.

Wash Hands Regularly

Wash hands regularly in hot, soapy water. Make it a point to have your mom or dad wash hands after touching a store’s door or cart handle. Wash hands after using an ATM or pen at a bank. When washing hands is not possible, hand sanitizer cream or gel is helpful.

Avoid Public Places When Possible

It’s impossible to always avoid public places, but in the peak of flu season, it helps to avoid others who might be sick. Libraries, stores, and schools are all areas where germs are going to be rampant.

You can often pick out the people to avoid. Look for people who appear flushed and feverish and are coughing uncontrollably. After being in a store where shoppers have touched carts, store items, and debit/credit card terminals, make a point to use a hand sanitizer or immediately wash hands in hot, soapy water.

Get a Flu Shot

Take your mom or dad to get a flu shot as early in the season as you can. It’s no longer a requirement to go to the doctor. You can take your parent to a pharmacy in a retailer and most insurance plans will cover the cost. Try to get the flu shot by November if possible.

If all else fails and your mom or dad end up getting the flu. Look into elderly care services. Your parent needs to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Having an elderly care provider available to take over cleaning tasks and make sure nutritional needs are met is vital. Call our elderly care agency to learn more.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Fairport NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

John Hunt

John Hunt

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