As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you likely already know that older adults have immune systems that are not as effective as those of younger people, making them more vulnerable to illness and infection. Keeping them protected from these illnesses and infections is a critical element of supporting their health and well-being throughout their later years.
There are many ways you can help to guard your senior from germs, including keeping their home environment as clean as possible. A clean home is important for controlling germs, but also for creating a space that is comfortable for your senior, addressing their mental and emotional needs as well.
Use these tips to help keep your senior’s home clean and control germs as they age in place:
-Clean regularly. Cleaning as spills and other issues happen immediately makes it easier to keep the environment healthy.
-Deep clean the home every week or every other week to thoroughly remove germs and keep the home fresh.
-Avoid cleaners made with harsh chemicals. These can be very irritating to your senior’s skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Instead, use cleaners made from more natural ingredients, such as vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. They are highly effective and yet gentle.
-Remember areas of the home that are often overlooked but can harbor many germs, such as the drains in the kitchen and bathroom.
-Replace the filters in the air ducts regularly. Use a hypoallergenic filter to catch the most irritants and allergens in the air
-Use sanitizing wipes or sprays on the surfaces that are touched most often throughout the house, such as doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, and telephones. Germs can remain on these hard surfaces for a day or more depending on the type of germ, so it is important to clean them regularly.
Many aging adults struggle with challenges that keep them from being able to take care of their home the way they used to.
A senior care provider can help them to deal with these challenges and keep their home clean, healthy, and safe. Assistance with household tasks such as laundry, dishes, and tidying can make a tremendous difference in your senior’s quality of life. This help can allow your parent to conserve their energy to focus on other things, cope with mobility issues, and even deal with the effects of cognitive functioning decline. This can help to support a healthier living environment as well as a stronger sense of independence and autonomy as your senior ages in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Health Care in Modesto, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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