Germ control should be an important focus of your care efforts for your elderly parent. Seniors have immune systems that are lower and less effective than those of younger people, meaning they are more vulnerable to infection and illness, and have a more difficult time recovering from them when they do contract these issues.
Seemingly minor infections and illnesses can lead to very serious consequences for seniors, even threatening their lives. Germ control efforts reduce the risk that your senior will contract illnesses and infections, and prevent the spread of germs to others.
While controlling germs within your parent’s home can be fairly straightforward with cleaning efforts, it may not always seem as easy when your parent is out of the home. When out and about, however, germ control is more important than ever.
Use these tips to control germs when your parent is out of their home:
- Bring along hand sanitizing gel that contains 60 percent alcohol to kill germs when running water is not available.
- Bring along sanitizing wipes to clean non-porous surfaces you may come into contact with in public places, such as grocery carts.
- Handle money as little as possible and wash or sanitize hands afterward.
- Cover your nose and mouth and turn away if you hear someone coughing or sneezing near you.
- Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow to prevent spreading germs.
- Avoid touching the handle of restroom doors with bare hands.
- Avoid touching toilet handles and faucets in the bathroom with bare hands.
Starting home care services for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them during your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that all of their needs are met in a way that is right for them.
Through a set of highly personalized services this senior home care services provider can address your parent’s challenges and limitations and help them to life the quality of life that they desire and deserve. Filling care gaps that exist in your care efforts, being with your parent occasionally to handle specific tasks, or simply providing companionship can help your parent to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and safe while encouraging greater independence, activity, and fulfillment as they age in place.