Preparing for Seasonal Allergies for Memory Care Communities Colorado

Take care of yourself and your loved one with our tips for the season!

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Spring is here, and so is allergy season! While many of us love the fresh flowers, warmer days, and sunny skies, there’s quite a few of us who suffer from the sneezing and watery eyes that allergies bring.

At Belleview Heights Memory Care & Transitional Assisted Living, Aurora CO, residents of our community are supported during allergy season by our wonderful staff and community members. However, we know some of the caregivers out there would like a few extra tips for keeping their loved ones, or even themselves, from sneezing all season long. We’ve compiled a few of our best tips to keep you or your loved one in tip-top shape this allergy season.

Preventative Medications

One of the most tried and true methods of allergy symptom prevention is using your allergy medication preventatively. If you can, start using your allergy medication about two to four weeks before your allergy window crops up. By doing this, you give your body a chance to acclimate to the medication and put it to its best use. It’s a lot like building up your stamina when working out – it takes a little time, but eventually you begin to breathe easier! You can read more about timing your allergy medications properly in this article from the
Allergy & Asthma Network.

Stay Inside

We all know to avoid certain foods that aggravate our stomachs or avoid certain exercises that cause pain, but did you know that this practice is good for allergies as well? While avoiding shoving your nose in a bouquet of lilacs is definitely a best practice, so is avoiding the outdoors on a high-pollen count day. What is a pollen count? It’s simply the measurement of pollen in the air! As you might have guessed, the more pollen in the air, the more you may feel the symptoms of your seasonal allergies. You can check the daily pollen count on your local weather channel’s website. At Belleview Heights, we encourage all our residents to stay inside on high pollen count days – as fighting allergies really is all about taking preventative measures!

Air Purifiers

An air purifier can have a tremendous effect on the quality of the air you breathe! Our community at Belleview Heights has an excellent air purification system, though it doesn’t hurt to have an extra one in your loved one’s room. Did you know that a HEPA standard air purifier can remove at least 99.7% of all air particulates? This makes it a vital addition to your toolkit for avoiding dust, dander, mold spores, pollen, and, yes, even illness. If your loved one doesn’t have an air purifier, we suggest taking a look at this list from the New York Times. What better gift to give a loved one than the gift of clean air?

Cleaning

A regular, thorough top-to-bottom cleaning of your home is another one of the most effective ways to combat seasonal allergies. Removing dust, dander, and pollen particles from your home is one of our best recommendations for ensuring the air you or your loved one is breathing is clean and clear. Be sure to clean your home from the very top to the bottom to ensure any dust kicked up settles on the ground and can easily be mopped up with a wet cloth or mop. We suggest starting with vacuuming, then dusting, and then finally cleaning with a wet cloth and a mop.

When it comes to allergies, we at Sunshine Retirement Living have you and your loved one covered!

If you are interested in learning more about the Belleview Heights Memory Care & Transitional Assisted Living community, please schedule a tour today!

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