Flu Prevention Tips From One of the Best Denver Retirement Communities
How Caregivers and Seniors Can Stay Healthy During Flu Season
Once again, flu season is upon us and that means that caregivers and seniors are often more susceptible to being infected with the flu. This susceptibility stems from weaker immune systems, lack of sleep, increased stress, and more. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy habits that can help reduce your and your loved one’s risk of contracting it. At Belleview Heights, the health of our residents, employees, and family members is a top priority, which is why we have created this list of tips to help prevent them from contracting the flu:
Tips for Avoiding Sickness
Get the flu shot. The flu shot can not only help reduce the risk of getting the flu, but also reduce the severity of the illness if you do catch it.
Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluid, such as water, hot tea and sports drinks, is a great way to help your loved one’s body fight off germs this fall. Consider getting your loved one a large water bottle with a straw, making it easier to stay hydrated.
Wash hands thoroughly and often. By washing or sanitizing hands frequently, you and your loved one can keep cold and flu germs away. You want to make sure you’re both sanitizing your hands effectively by using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol or washing your hands with regular soap for at least 20 seconds. Consider leaving hand sanitizer near your loved one’s bedside so it is easier for them to access and use.
Avoid touching the face. Even though you and your loved one will be washing your hands frequently, it’s still important to minimize touching your eyes, mouth and nose, as germs may still be present. This will help avoid any germs from entering your bodies!
Avoid crowds. Being in large crowds or visiting places where there are a lot of people can increase the likelihood of contracting the flu. Avoid crowds, or even unnecessary travel, to prevent exposing you and your loved one to potential germs.
Stay active. Staying active can help boost you and your loved one’s immune systems, ultimately helping fight off the flu. Help your loved one engage in exercises that match their abilities, such as walking or armchair yoga.
Stay away from anyone who is sick. We know, this one’s a little obvious. It’s important to be cautious of who you and your loved one are around–try to stay away from anyone who is sick or experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms.
Keep your environment germ-free. Regular cleaning of you and your loved one’s environment can help reduce the risk of the flu as well. Make sure you frequently disinfect the kitchen, bathroom, doorknobs, light switches, electronics, and other frequently-used areas or items!
While these are great ways to help reduce the risk of you and your loved one getting the flu, they are not guaranteed. Therefore, it’s important to know what flu symptoms to look out for, so you know when it’s time to take a trip to the doctor.
Flu Symptoms To Look Out For
Cough. A cough that is dry or has phlegm can be a sign of the flu.
Nasal Symptoms. Congestion, runny nose, and sneezing are all symptoms to be on the lookout for.
Full body symptoms. This includes muscle pains and body aches, chills, dehydration, fatigue, fever, flushing, sweating or even loss of appetite.
Other symptoms. Experiencing pressure in the chest, head congestion, a sore throat, nausea, a headache and shortness of breath are a few other common symptoms of the flu.
Our Denver retirement community is proud to have experienced staff members that are dedicated to ensuring your loved one will stay healthy and safe, all year long.
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As the Thanksgiving festivities wrap up, we at Sunshine Retirement Living want to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our families and team members. Your efforts and presence have made this Thanksgiving exceptionally special for our senior residents across all our Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities.
This holiday season holds profound significance for our seniors, offering a time for reflection, gratitude, and cherished connections. The warmth and joy shared during these celebrations play a big role in enhancing their well-being and happiness.
A special shout out of appreciation goes out to the incredible chefs in our communities. Your culinary talents transformed traditional Thanksgiving meals into extraordinary feasts, delighting the taste buds of residents and families. The love and care poured into each dish did not go unnoticed and greatly contributed to the festive spirit!
To our team members, are immensely grateful for your support, love, and dedication. It's because of you that our residents experience the true essence of Thanksgiving – a sense of belonging, love, and shared happiness. Thank you for being a part of our Sunshine family and for making this Thanksgiving a memorable one for all.