As the weather gets colder, you might start to notice more people around you coughing, sneezing, and generally sharing germs all around. But as a caregiver, the last thing that you need is to get sick. So here are some ideas that can help you to avoid falling into a round of winter colds or the flu.
Increase Your Focus on Self-care
When you’re at risk of getting sick, you need to pay attention to your own self-care. If you have any chronic health issues of your own, taking care of those can help keep your immune system as strong as possible. Getting plenty of rest, eating right, and exercising some can also help your immune system fight off seasonal germs.
Wash Your Hands
Hand washing is always important, but it can be even more crucial in winter. It seems like more people are sick in winter and while germs aren’t more prevalent in cold weather, they can live longer. When it’s easier for germs to survive, it’s easier for them to infect you. Washing your hands in warm water and plain soap for a minute or so can kill or remove most germs before they have a chance to make you sick. Wash your hands often or keep hand sanitizer with you.
Take Time Away Just for You
Part of your self-care plan needs to involve down time. Taking time away from caregiving lets you rest and figure out what else you need in order to feel well right now. That might mean taking a nap or going for a walk, whatever it is that works for you. Elder care providers are a perfect option for staying with your aging adult while you’re away.
Talk to Your Own Doctor
If you haven’t already, take the time to meet with your own doctor. Find out what you can do, if anything, to boost your immune system. He might recommend vaccinations, especially if your senior would be endangered by the flu or pneumonia. Vaccinating yourself can help to keep those germs from hitching a ride and infecting your elderly family member.
Dealing with your own illness, however temporary, while you’re also trying to be the best caregiver you can be is not fun. If you can avoid getting sick, that’s the best alternative. You can’t dodge every germ out there, but you can put forth your best effort to make sure they pass you by.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Leesburg, VA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands today. (703) 982-0050.
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