Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Peak flu season doesn’t take hold until February, but it’s still essential to get immunized as soon as possible- especially for seniors. People over the age of 70 are at high risk of acquiring the flu; seniors with chronic disorders, even more so. To help those seniors living at home prepare for the oncoming flu season, Nightingale Homecare has compiled these helpful tips:

• Get Immunized Every Year, as Early as Possible: Since our immunity to the virus declines over time, the most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza is to consistently immunize against it. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend a special high-dose vaccination for people over 65.

• Skip the Doctor’s Office: Getting a flu vaccine  has become very convenient, with many pharmacies and grocers now offering vaccinations. Often, many health plans are accepted and no appointment is necessary. Nightingale Homecare offers the flu vaccine to all of our clients.  Avoiding your Doctor’s office or any health care facility during flu season is wise unless an illness makes it necessary to visit.

• Wash Hands Often: Seemingly innocent, everyday items like doorknobs and telephones are covered in bacteria. By washing hands frequently for 20 seconds, or using convenient instant hand sanitizers  can help prevent the spread of influenza.

• Manage Everyday Health: Seniors can lower their risk of getting the flu by consistently getting enough sleep, participating in physical activities, managing stress, staying hydrated, and eating nutrient-rich foods. Healthy habits mean a stronger immune system and lowered risk of illnesses.

• Contact with Children: Children under five are also at high risk for getting the flu, so their contact with seniors should be closely supervised during flu season. Remind children who visit seniors to wash their hands, cough into their elbows, and use tissues sneezes. .

The providers of in home nursing care at Nightingale Homecare are expertly trained in taking care of seniors during even the worst flu season. From providing transportation, , shopping for nutritious foods, setting medication reminders to  administering the flu vaccine, our professional home care staff will see to your loved one’s every need during illness and beyond. Furthermore, Nightingale Homecare’s caregivers work diligently to help prevent the spread of flu by encouraging good nutrition, , promoting exercise plans, and monitoring hygiene habits. For more information on the in home nursing care services offered at Nightingale Homecare, call (602) 504-1555 or Contact Us.