5 Ways the Elderly Can Prevent The Common Cold This Winter in Indianapolis, IN

5 Ways to Help the Elderly Stave Off the Common Cold

Cold season is upon us yet again, but there are some simple precautions that Indianapolis care professionals can encourage their seniors to take to prevent them from getting a cold this year. 

1. Wash Hands

When seniors wash their hands on a regular basis, it helps to stop the cold virus. Seniors should concentrate on washing all parts of their hands including between the fingers and under the nails. According to experts at the Center for Disease Control, the most effective way to wash your hands is to get them wet, then turn off the tap. Lather them with soap and scrub for at least 30 seconds concentrating on covering all areas of the hands. Then, turn the water back on and wash off the soap letting it run from the top of the hand down to the fingertips. 

2. Cough into Elbow

The best way to cover up a cough is with a tissue or paper towel. If those are not available, then encourage your senior loved one to cough into his or her elbows. Many seniors were taught to cover their cough with their hands, but people touch so many things with their hands that doing so spreads cold germs.

3. Sanitize

Keeping the senior’s environment very clean during cold season can stop the spread of germs. While you can use wipes, they can get very expensive. Consider making your own by combining 1/2-cup vinegar, 1/4-cup water, 1/4-cup rubbing alcohol, one-teaspoon liquid dish soap and 10 drops essential oil. Cut a roll of paper towels to fit in the can and place them there. Then, pour the solution over the paper towels. Cut a hole in the top of the can so that you can pull out a paper towel or two as you need them. 

4. Get Enough Rest

It can be hard for seniors to rest when they have a cold. Yet, it is vital to get as much rest as possible. Running a vaporizer can often help, putting a warm compass over the sinuses and trying a decongestant spray can all help ensure your senior gets a good rest. Watch the type of cold medicine that seniors use very carefully as many are loaded with caffeine, which interferes with a great night’s sleep. 

5. Eat a Well Balanced Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet is a great way to stop a cold. The hot steam helps the nose get rid of germs more effectively. Chicken is easy to digest when stomachs are upset. Chicken soup is loaded with essential nutrients that the senior’s body needs. 

Keeping cold germs away from seniors can be very difficult. Encourage everyone that has a cold to stay home for a few days. 

You can help your loved one evade the common cold and other nasty bugs this season by calling Home Care Assistance at (317) 581-1901. We provide flexible live-in and hourly home care Indianapolis seniors need to age in place comfortably. In addition to helping seniors boost emotional and physical wellbeing, we provide specialized services for seniors with more urgent needs. Let us customize a unique care plan for your loved one when you call today.