Getting sick is not going to help you or your aging adult, but that’s not something that you can control, right? You might be surprised to know how much you can do to help yourself and your senior to stay healthier this flu season.
-Stay Home if You’re Sick
This can be difficult to do when you’re a busy caregiver, but stay home if you’re sick. Call for backup from other family members or from senior care providers to step in for you because the last thing you want to do is to get your aging adult sick, too. Let yourself heal and then you can jump back into the fray.
-Try to Avoid People Who Are Sick
If you’re not sick, you definitely don’t want to get sick. One of the best ways to avoid getting sick yourself is to steer clear of people who are sick. You might feel antisocial, but it’s worth it to know that you’re not taking germs back to your elderly family member or to other family members.
-Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands several times a day. It’s a simple action, but some warm water, friction, and soap can physically remove germs that could later make you and other people you care about sick. You don’t have to be obsessive with your hand washing, but make sure to do it when you think about it.
-Get Plenty of Rest
When you’re tired and run down, it’s easier for germs to get through the usually sturdy blockade your immune system provides for you. As more people around you start to get sick, make sure that you’re taking plenty of time to get the rest that you need. Now is not the time to skimp on sleep.
-Get a Flu Shot
Talk to your doctor about whether you should get a flu shot. It may also be a good idea for your elderly family member to get her own flu shot if her doctor recommends it. Getting a flu shot early in the season can help you to avoid catching something icky.
Even if you do get sick, remember to be gentle with yourself. There’s only so much that you can do until you’re well again.