We are nearing that time of the year when we are most likely to be at the receiving end of sneezing, coughing, and sore throats. This is late October which means start of the flu season which is going to last until March or April. You’ll be surprised to know that seniors comprise 70 to 85 percent of flu-related deaths and 50 to 70 percent of hospitalizations in a flu season. It is important for senior people to take a few preventive measures to stay safe with one of the effective measures being getting a flu shot. It is as important for caregivers to get vaccinated. The best time to get vaccinated is in the beginning of the month of October which will give the required time to the vaccine to work.
If you have senior family members suffering from mobility or memory issues, it is advisable that you opt for assisted care for them. Moving them to an assisted living facility is the best option to consider. You can book a suite at Anthem Senior Living in the Phoenix region in Arizona. It is an award-winning assisted living Anthem facility in the region. Compassionate caregivers provide round the clock support to residents.
Few Flu Prevention Steps to Follow:
Healthy Diet– Boost your immune system with good nutrition which you can achieve by eating a well-balanced diet. Some of the foods to consider include Vitamin C-rich fruits, leafy green vegetables, and lean protein.
Hand Hygiene– Handwashing is one of the most important habits that can help protect you from the influenza virus. Learn more about effective handwashing practices.
No Personal Contact– It is advisable to restrict personal contact as much as possible in this flu season. It can significantly lower your risk for catching the virus. Avoid shaking hands as it increases the odds the flu will be passed to you.
Good Sleep– Sleep deprivation can weaken the immune system and it can highly increase the risk for catching the virus. Have eight hours of sleep, at least.
Consult a Healthcare Provider– Flu symptoms aren’t always obvious, a person might not even realize they have it with some of the symptoms being a stuffy nose, sore throat, or fever, etc. If you experience any of these, call a healthcare provider with immediate effect who will most likely prescribe the required flu medications in accordance to the appearance of the first signs of flu. Early treatment can lessen the severity of the symptoms.
If you senior loved one is being hesitant about getting a flu shot, do convince him for avoiding deaths and hospitalizations.
At Anthem Senior Living, the senior health challenges that we work with are dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy Bodies Dementia, high blood pressure, companionship care, wound care, bed bound patients, Feeding Tubes/Picc Lines, heart disease, cancer, Arthritis, respiratory diseases, diabetes, falls, depression, etc.
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