The National Institutes of Health reports coronavirus may live on certain surfaces for several hours, which is one of the reasons immunocompromised people and older adults are advised to take precautions to stay as safe as possible. One way to avoid the virus is by helping your senior loved one sanitize commonly touched surfaces by keeping the tips discussed below in mind.
Regularly Clean Frequently Touched Surfaces
Cleaning the surfaces in the home reduces exposure to germs that could affect an older immune system that’s already having difficulty fighting off new invaders. Focus on surfaces your loved one often touches in the home, including faucets, toilet handles, light switches, stoves, refrigerators, and countertops.
Use the Right Cleaners
Help your loved one sanitize for success by steering him or her toward cleaning solutions that are effective. Good Housekeeping notes the following cleaning options are effective against coronavirus:
• Diluted household bleach
• Clorox wipes
• Lysol multipurpose cleaner
Note: The CDC states vinegar-based cleaning products aren’t effective at killing the new coronavirus.
If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Wear Gloves While Cleaning
Avoid the risk of unintentionally picking up coronavirus or other germs while cleaning your loved one’s home by wearing gloves. Disposable latex gloves work well because they can be worn by you or your loved one and thrown out when you’re done.
Regularly Change/Wash Linens
Viruses can also live on fibers, which is why it’s best to remind your loved one to avoid reusing towels and hand towels, especially after bathing or wiping the face or hands. Sheets should also be regularly changed and washed.
Do Laundry in Warm Water
Cold water won’t kill germs or viruses. Anytime you or your loved one does laundry, make sure warm or hot water is used. If you suspect someone in your own household has coronavirus, do that individual’s laundry separately, and wear gloves when you do.
Regularly Wash Hands
Another simple and effective way to stay safe and sanitize for success is to get into the habit of handwashing frequently. Remind your loved one to do the same thing. While hand sanitizer can be effective, if it’s scarce in your area, using warm soap and water for 20 seconds can be equally effective. Fingernails should be thoroughly cleaned as well when handwashing.
If your loved one needs help following healthy habits that boost his or her immune system, a home caregiver can be a wonderful source of support. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of home care. San Antonio families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
Get Help from an In-Home Caregiver
If coronavirus has you caring for younger children full-time and juggling other responsibilities, you may not have time to regularly help your loved one thoroughly clean the home. With in-home care, a professional caregiver will come to your loved one’s home and take the steps necessary to keep the immediate environment clean and healthy. This type of care also limits in-person contact, unlike assisted living facilities and similar environments. Also, if someone in your own household does have coronavirus symptoms, err on the side of caution and consider in-home care for your loved one so you can avoid unintentionally passing the virus along.
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. San Antonio, TX, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. If you need compassionate, professional home care for your loved one, call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (210) 495-6300.
With information surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it’s challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home. At Home Care Assistance, we understand how critical it is for seniors and their caregivers to protect against coronavirus as much as possible. All our team members have received detailed communication on infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands. Our caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people. For more information on how Home Care Assistance helps protect clients, click here: https://www.homecareassistancesanantonio.com/covid-19-home-care/.