Cold and Flu Fighting Tips From Our Retirement Communities

Stay healthy with these four flu-fighting tips

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It’s that time of year when it seems like no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to keep your nose from running and almost everyone is coming down with the flu. Fortunately, there are preventative steps you can take to help mitigate the impact of cold and flu season and stay healthy during the colder months. At our memory care communities, we take great care to ensure the health and safety of all of our residents. With the help of our expert team we have compiled a list of our top cold and flu-fighting tips to help keep you and your loved ones healthy this winter.

Get Vaccinated Annually

Our first recommendation when it comes to staying healthy is to get vaccinated when applicable and recommended by your doctor. Getting your flu shot is proven to help reduce infection rates and alleviate symptoms should you come into contact with the flu virus. Studies show that the flu shot is up to 60% effective in preventing infection and upwards of 50% effective in preventing hospitalizations. The preventative measures of vaccines alone are enough to put getting vaccinated at the top of our list.

Wash Your Hands

Another top priority when it comes to keeping your system free of viruses and bacteria is to wash your hands regularly. Washing your hands when entering and leaving your loved one’s living space can help reduce the spread of germs from external environments. In order to keep your loved ones healthy, it is recommended to wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and warm water. If out and about and in a pinch, using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will also work. Prevent the spread of unwanted germs by washing your hands whenever leaving or entering your living space and especially right before meals.

Wear A Mask If You Or Someone You Know Feels Sick

To help keep those around you safe, as well as prevent yourself from contracting illnesses, wear a mask if you or someone you know is feeling under the weather. As proven throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, mask wearing can significantly reduce the spread of illness when worn properly. This not only reduces the risk and spread of Covid-19, but reduces the spread of the flu and other viruses as well.

Stay Home

We know that it is easy for you and your loved ones to want to spend time together, especially when someone is feeling unwell. The human desire to help take care of one another is counterintuitive when it comes to keeping each other healthy. Additionally, it is safest to avoid any gatherings when feeling sick. If someone you know has mentioned that they are feeling unwell and will be attending a group setting, our best recommendation is to stay home. While you can’t avoid contact with people forever, keeping yourself away when you know others in attendance could infect you is one of the best and most fail-proof ways to keep yourself healthy.

For more tips on preventing contraction of Covid-19, the flu, common cold, or any other illnesses we recommend checking out the CDC guidelines found on their website.

We prioritize our residents’ health and wellbeing at our memory care communities. For more information on all the steps we take to keep our residents and staff safe, or to schedule a tour, contact our friendly team today.

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