The Flu Is at Its Peak – How Home Care Can Help Seniors Avoid Getting It

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You can hardly turn the news on right now without hearing a story on the seriousness of the flu epidemic this year. Sadly, there have been numerous deaths and many more hospitalizations. Older adults are among those at highest risk for serious complications due to the flu. This is especially true for seniors who have other conditions, such as heart problems or diabetes.

Home Care Loudonville OH - The Flu Is at Its Peak - How Home Care Can Help Seniors Avoid Getting It

Home Care Loudonville OH – The Flu Is at Its Peak – How Home Care Can Help Seniors Avoid Getting It

If you’re concerned about your aging relative contracting the flu this year, there are many ways a home care provider can help them to avoid it.

“Take 3” to Fight the Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking an approach to the flu that they call “Take 3.” Take 3 involves:

Get a Flu Vaccine: The CDC recommends that all people over the age of 6 months, especially people who are in a high-risk group, get an annual flu shot. The flu shot is not a guarantee that a person will not get the flu, but it does reduce their risk. A home care provider can drive your aging relative to get their flu vaccine or remind them of an appointment.

Take Preventative Actions: Washing hands often and keeping surfaces disinfected are both ways to help stop the spread of germs. Also, older adults should stay away from people who are ill or have flu symptoms. Home care providers can remind older adults to wash their hands and can assist with cleaning the house.

Follow the Doctor’s Advice: If your aging family member does get the flu, it’s important that they follow the doctor’s advice to treat it. If the doctor provides antiviral medications, the older adult must take them. They can ease flu symptoms and make the illness last for a shorter period of time. Home care providers can remind older adults to take their medication.

When a senior gets the flu, home care can assist them while they recover. A home care provider can make sure the older adult is getting enough fluids to prevent dehydration. Warm drinks like tea and cocoa can help soothe the sore throat that sometimes comes with the flu. Home care providers can also ensure that the senior gets plenty of rest by fielding phone calls, answering the door if visitors arrive, and taking care of household duties so the senior does not have to. Finally, if the older adult needs to go to the doctor for a follow-up appointment, a home care provider can drive them to the office.

Sources:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/how-to-dodge-flu-without-shot#1

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/all-about-flu-and-how-prevent-it

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/federal-officials-flu-epidemic-killed-30-children/story?id=52463172

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About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.