Helpful Tips for Making Sure Your Parent Avoids the Flu

It’s flu season. Per the CDC, the 2016/2017 flu season found the virus at its worst from January through March. While the flu is most prevalent in those months, sporadic cases often pop up as early as September.

Elderly Care Fairport NY - Helpful Tips for Making Sure Your Parent Avoids the Flu

Elderly Care Fairport NY – Helpful Tips for Making Sure Your Parent Avoids the Flu

Here are tips you can use to help your parent to avoid contracting the flu.

Eat Healthy Foods

A proper diet can help boost the immune system. Have your parent focus meals and snacks on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid processed foods and items that are full of sugar. In the winter, a pot of tomato-rich vegetable soup, such as minestrone or cabbage soup, is never a bad thing to keep available.

Disinfect Doorknobs, Handles, and Phones After Visitors

At least every few days, your mom or dad should take a disinfectant wipe to doorknobs, phones, remotes, sink knobs, toilet handles, and other items that visitors may have touched. This helps kill germs around the house.

Wash Hands Regularly

Wash hands regularly in hot, soapy water. Make it a point to have your mom or dad wash hands after touching a store’s door or cart handle. Wash hands after using an ATM or pen at a bank. When washing hands is not possible, hand sanitizer cream or gel is helpful.

Avoid Public Places When Possible

It’s impossible to always avoid public places, but in the peak of flu season, it helps to avoid others who might be sick. Libraries, stores, and schools are all areas where germs are going to be rampant.

You can often pick out the people to avoid. Look for people who appear flushed and feverish and are coughing uncontrollably. After being in a store where shoppers have touched carts, store items, and debit/credit card terminals, make a point to use a hand sanitizer or immediately wash hands in hot, soapy water.

Get a Flu Shot

Take your mom or dad to get a flu shot as early in the season as you can. It’s no longer a requirement to go to the doctor. You can take your parent to a pharmacy in a retailer and most insurance plans will cover the cost. Try to get the flu shot by November if possible.

If all else fails and your mom or dad end up getting the flu. Look into elderly care services. Your parent needs to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Having an elderly care provider available to take over cleaning tasks and make sure nutritional needs are met is vital. Call our elderly care agency to learn more.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Fairport NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)