Every year, the CDC tracks data collected through tests for viruses like COVID, the flu, RSV, pneumonia, and a few others. By the end of November, positive test results for respiratory adenovirus, COVID OC43, and RSV were climbing. Flu and cold activity are also increasing. What if you or your dad is sick? You don’t want to spread it to him. If he’s sick, he needs to slow down and let senior home care help out until he’s feeling better.
Even the latest chest and head cold going around can knock your dad’s energy down for a few weeks. Between the days of a low-grade fever, sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, and sinus headache, it’s going to have him feeling drained. These are the steps to take to help your senior recover and prevent re-infection:
Prepare Meals for Him
Your dad’s immune system is going to be working hard to battle the virus. Make sure he has plenty to eat. Bone broth, soups packed with vegetables and whole grains, and fruit smoothies are all going to appeal to him.
Other nutritious options are bananas, frozen berries, lots of greens for soups, and canned tomatoes for quick and easy minestrone and vegetable-based soups. Senior home care can do the grocery shopping, put them away and make healthy, immune-boosting meals for your senior all throughout the day.
Make Sure He Has Supplies
Some stores are low on cold and flu medications, so you should stock up if you find them. Ask his doctor if he has any restrictions on what he can use. If he has high blood pressure, your dad may need specific formulas designed for his health issue.
Get cough drops, over-the-counter NSAIDs, and plenty of tissues. A lotion-based tissue can help keep his nose from being irritated. Vitamin C drops, bottles of juice, and even ginger ale may be desirable when he’s sick. Someone needs to keep him stocked.
Sanitize Surfaces Consistently
Keep surfaces sanitized. Use a mixture of bleach and water to wipe down phones and remotes. Senior home care providers can sanitize door knobs, cupboard handles, light switches, and appliance controls.
Wash His Sheets and Sanitize Fabrics He’s in Contact With
Spray your dad’s bedding and pillows with a fabric sanitizer and wash the sheets when he starts to feel better. Sanitize his favorite chair or sofa seat.
Whether you’re sick or your dad is, it’s important to focus on getting enough rest, staying hydrated, and eating a healthy diet. Help your dad achieve this by making sure he’s supported while he recovers.
Senior home care services provide him with a helping hand. Have caregivers prepare meals for him, make sure he has a glass of water nearby, and clean his home. If you’re sick, talk to a senior home care specialist about respite care services for your dad until you’re feeling well again.