Your parents love seeing their sons, daughters, and grandchildren. Everyone does their part to ensure they’re healthy before visiting, but some symptoms don’t show up until a virus is present. Your brother stopped by to help your parents do their laundry. He never realized he had the flu. He didn’t feel sick until a few days after he helped them.
People can be ill without realizing it. The best way to limit the spread is by washing hands all of the time, avoiding close contact during peak virus seasons, and cleaning all surfaces after visitors.
What Needs Cleaning?
Mae sure you clean your mom and dad’s home after visits. Use bleach and water or disinfectant wipes to clean remotes, door handles, counters, faucet handles, light switches, and toilet handles. Wipe down toilet seats and chair arms. If visitors touched keyboards or touchscreens in the home, those should be wiped down, too.
Wash hand towels and put new ones in their places. If guests sat on sofas or chairs, going over those with a disinfecting fabric spray will kill any residual germs.
Finish up by running dishes through a wash cycle in the dishwasher. If your parents don’t have a dishwasher, hand wash them in hot soapy water. Rinse them off, dry them with a clean cloth, and put them away. Vacuum carpets.
Be Tough With Guests
Your parents’ health depends on others being virus-free when they visit. Make sure people know that they should stay home if they’re not feeling good. You may have to be tough, but it’s important. Your siblings may only be in town for a week or two, but if they’re sick, they need to stay away.
Instead of visiting, suggest setting up a video chat. It’s not the same, but it gives your parents a chance to talk to others without risking their health. The inconvenience is better than being sick for days.
Do the same for them. If you don’t feel good, hire senior care aides to help out while you stay home and recover. You want to heal and keep something like the flu from progressing into pneumonia. It’s better to take a week off than risk it.
Senior care aides can help with meals, cleaning, laundry, transportation, and many other aspects of home care. Respite care is the most important service to discuss if you have the flu, shingles, a bad cold, or some other illness. Make arrangements by calling a senior care agency.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care in Media, PA please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.