Germ control is not just something you should do when your parent is at home.
Whenever your aging parent leaves the house, whether it is to run an errand or go visit a friend, they are exposing themselves to a wide variety of germs that can make them vulnerable to illness and infection. Being prepared to combat these germs helps to keep your senior healthier, and avoid the potentially serious complications that can result from illnesses such as the flu or pneumonia. Packing a germ-fighting kit for when you are out with your loved one helps you to deal with potentially germ-ridden situations so your senior can avoid infection, and stay healthy.
Some of the items you may want to include in your germ-fighting kit for went out with your senior include:
-Tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, protect your hands from surfaces, and offer to others to prevent the spread of germs
-Wet wipes for their hands in case they get them dirty and cannot wash them with water and soap
-Disinfecting wipes for hard surfaces such as grocery cart handles
-Waterless hand sanitizing gel
-Disposable gloves for when you must come into contact with potentially germy surfaces, or provide physical assistance
-Plastic bags for disposal of tissues and other items until you can find a trash can
-Debit or credit card so you can avoid using cash as much as possible. This helps reduce transmission of gems from cashiers to you
-Water, which allows you to stay properly hydrated to support a strong, supportive immune system
Getting out into the world around them and interacting with others can be an important part of keeping your parent as healthy as possible as they age.
If you are a family caregiver who also cares for children, are managing a career, or live at a distance from your parents, this can be difficult to integrate into your schedule. This is where home care can be extremely beneficial.
An in-home senior care services provider can provide transportation for your loved one that allows them to run their own errands, participate in activities and recreation, and otherwise get out into the community more often. They can also plan activities and outings with your senior that stimulates their mind and promotes more physical activity. This can not only support a sense of independence and autonomy, but also boost mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being as they age in place.