Staying healthy as seasons change

Stay healthy this autumn! Home Instead Central Leeds shares essential tips to help seniors guard against germs and viruses during the colder months.

Autumn Germ Prevention Tips for Seniors

With autumn officially here, many people are concerned about cold and flu season. Colds, influenza, and other viruses spread more easily when the weather turns cooler, which can pose health risks for seniors. At Home Instead Central Leeds, we want to help our elderly clients and their families prevent the spread of germs this autumn. Here are some tips:

Get Your Flu Shot – The flu vaccine is the best protection against influenza. Public Health England recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. The flu vaccine helps prevent infection, and also decreases severity of illness if you do get the flu. Home Instead care professionals can assist clients in scheduling flu shots.

Wash Hands Frequently – Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to remove germs and avoid getting sick. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available. Wash hands before eating, after using the restroom, coughing/sneezing, and when returning home from outside activities.

Disinfect Surfaces – Viruses and bacteria can live on surfaces for hours or days. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, remotes, phones and tables. Use EPA approved disinfectants and follow instructions on the label.

Stay Home When Sick – Seniors should avoid contact with others when having cold or flu symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose. Staying home can prevent spreading the illness to others. Notify care professionals if you are ill so they can provide extra assistance while minimizing direct contact.

Get Plenty of Rest – Adequate rest supports immune function. Older adults should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and take naps or rest breaks when needed. Care professionals can support good sleep habits by creating soothing nighttime routines.

Eat Immune Boosting Foods – A nutritious diet supports the immune system. Emphasize fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and probiotic foods like yogurt and kefir. Home Instead care professionals can prepare immune boosting meals and ensure seniors stay hydrated.

Following healthy habits can go a long way towards warding off germs this season. The compassionate care professionals at Home Instead Central Leeds are here to help seniors stay healthy and safe from autumn through winter. Contact us today to learn more about our personalized in-home care services.

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