Avoid the Winter Sickness at The Best Memory Care in Ohio

Keep your health going strong this season!

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While all the holiday gatherings and wonderful memories with loved ones are plentiful this time of year, it can also bring more sickness as the weather changes. Here at our Ohio retirement communities, we don’t want sickness to prevent you from enjoying the holidays. We go to great lengths to ensure the health and safety of our residents. While you’re doing your best to stay healthy for yourself or a loved one this season, we hope these tips to avoid the winter sickness will be of use to you!

Wear Layers to Stay Warm

A great defense against winter sickness is to dress in layers and wear loose clothing. As the temperatures get cooler, it’s important to keep yourself and your loved ones warm and bundled up. Sicknesses like hypothermia, the common cold and the flu can develop relatively quickly after being exposed to cold temperatures. When outdoors, do your best to stay covered with gloves, scarves, and hats to stay warm and healthy. If you can help it, stay indoors during the early morning and late night hours, as that’s when the temperatures are lowest.

Use Common Health and Hygiene Habits

A few simple hygiene practices can keep you and your loved one healthy and safe this season! These practices include: avoid touching your face if at all possible, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, and stay hydrated with plain water. Bacteria can easily enter the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth, leading to sickness. Avoiding touching your face when possible gives you that extra layer of protection. Making it a priority to wash your hands often keeps germs at bay for yourself or your loved ones. Finally, ensuring you get in lots of water each day acts as a suit of armor for germs and keeps your immune system in tip-top shape.

Lower Your Risks of Getting Common Sicknesses

Taking proactive measures to protect you and your loved one’s health is especially important when the risk for colds and influenza is higher during the winter months. Here are a few additional guidelines that can help:

  • Avoid being near others when you are sick, and avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Frequently disinfect high-traffic surfaces like counters, tables and doorknobs in the home.
  • Incorporate exercise if possible, as being active boosts the immune system and could reduce risk of sickness.

 

Opt for Vaccinations if Possible

If you or a loved one has a compromised immune system, getting sick during the winter months can unfortunately exacerbate symptoms or health struggles. As we age, it also becomes more common to develop complications from the flu or cold such as pneumonia or bronchitis. For those reasons, it is recommended that you talk to your physician or other healthcare professional about vaccination options for you or your loved one. We want your recovery to be as quick and seamless as possible!

The teams at our Ohio Retirement Communities understand the importance of staying proactive when it comes to winter sicknesses. A few small steps, such as washing your hands frequently, staying hydrated, and getting vaccinations where possible can go a long way toward protecting yourself and your loved ones. We want nothing more than for you to have a safe, healthy, and enjoyable winter season!

For more information about our Ohio memory care communities, contact our friendly team today!

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