Spring allergies can be miserable. Unfortunately, they affect a large portion of the population and can diminish not only enjoyment of this fresh and wonderful season, but also overall health and well-being. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with spring allergies, it is important to take steps to clean their home so it is helps to minimize their allergy symptoms and the impact it can have on their health.
Use these tips to reduce spring allergies and their impact on your parent:
● If your parent participates in the cleaning, encourage them to wear a face mask. This will protect them from the dust and the fumes of the cleaning products they use
● Avoid irritating the sinuses and respiratory system with harsh chemicals. Instead, look for natural products or make them from homemade materials
● Vacuum regularly to remove allergens trapped in carpets and rugs. Remember that allergies are tracked inside on shoes and fall from clothes, so many can build up in the fibers of the carpet. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and consider an anti-allergy carpet treatment
● Scrub the bathroom and kitchen thoroughly to remove mold and mold spores. Vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice are highly effective at cleaning and preventing mold growth
● Wash sheets in hot water at least weekly
● Avoid shampooing carpets as this leaves moisture in the fibers that can quickly become mold or mildew
● Avoid detergents, softeners, and cleaners with strong fragrances
● Avoid hanging out laundry to dry. This is economical and can smell wonderful, but it also causes pollen and other allergens to attach to the fibers
Helping your parent keep their home clean and fresh is one of the many benefits of senior care. Having this type of living environment promotes better physical and mental health for your senior, but these tasks can be challenging for many elderly adults. A senior home care services provider can help your parent manage the tasks of keeping their home clean on a regular basis. This can mean helping them take on specific tasks as well as supporting your parent in taking on as much of these tasks as possible. This helps them to feel more independent and autonomous. As their family caregiver, this task can open up your schedule and allow you to focus more energy on other aspects of your parent’s care.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care in Philadelphia, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise.
"Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.
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