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Guidelines for Lowering COVID-19 Risk for an Older Loved One

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If you’re caring for an aging parent, it’s time to come up with a comprehensive plan for mitigating his or her coronavirus risk. Many older adults have compromised or weakened immune systems, which is one of the reasons this virus is devastating to the aging population. While you may not be able to ensure your parent remains completely safe, there are some simple steps you can take to boost his or her overall health and reduce his or her risk of contracting this virus.

Quarantine Immediately

Even if there isn’t a mandatory quarantine in your area, make sure your parent stays home and doesn’t receive any visitors. Keeping your parent at home might be stressful, but it’s absolutely vital that he or she comes into contact with as few people as possible. When it comes time to run errands or go get food, you or another caregiver should do all the shopping for your loved one. 

A home caregiver can run errands, including shopping for groceries and picking up prescriptions, so your loved one doesn’t have to leave home. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care services. New Hampshire Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Disinfect the House

Now is the perfect time to thoroughly clean and disinfect your parent’s entire home. Even if there aren’t coronavirus germs in the home already, you might be able to remove some bacteria that could make your loved one sick or weaken his or her immune system. When cleaning, only antibacterial products should be used, and you must focus on surfaces that are frequently touched, including door handles, dining room tables, kitchen counters, and faucets. 

Stick to a Healthy Diet

Following a healthy diet won’t necessarily prevent an individual from getting sick, but it can have a huge impact on the immune system. It might be tempting to snack on unhealthy comfort foods right now, but that could be a major mistake. If your loved one does get the virus and his or her immune system has been compromised, the symptoms could be much worse. As a general rule, most older adults benefit from a diet primarily filled with fresh produce, lean protein sources, and complex carbohydrates. 

In-home caregivers can help with planning and preparing nutritious meals. One of the most challenging tasks of helping an elderly relative age in place safely and comfortably is researching agencies that provide senior care. Turn to Home Care Assistance for reliable, high-quality in-home care for aging adults. We offer 24-hour live-in care for seniors who require extensive assistance, and we also offer respite care for family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties.

Exercise When Possible

Many people are surprised to hear exercising is one of the most effective ways to boost the immune system. According to a recent study carried out at Harvard Medical School, moderate exercise can flush bacteria out of the lungs and boost the production of vital antibodies. Since your parent can’t leave the house, you might want to focus on simple exercises that don’t require any special gear. Doing yoga, riding a stationary bicycle, and walking on a treadmill are all excellent options.

Work with an In-Home Caregiver

You’re sure to spend quite a bit of time helping your loved one, but there may come a time when you need some assistance. When that time comes, consider working with an in-home caregiver. Even though senior care centers and assisted living facilities can be very beneficial in many situations, you might not want your loved one spending time in a facility where he or she could come into contact with several people every day. An in-home caregiver can provide daily assistance as well as social stimulation in the comfort of home, reducing the amount of people your parent comes into contact with.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. New Hampshire Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Schedule a free in-home consultation by giving us a call today at (603) 471-3004.

With information surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it’s challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home. At Home Care Assistance, we understand how critical it is for seniors and their caregivers to protect against coronavirus as much as possible. All our team members have received detailed communication on infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands. Our caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people. For more information on how Home Care Assistance helps protect clients, click here: https://www.newhampshirehomecareassistance.com/covid-19-home-care/.

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