You may not be ready to hear this, but cold and flu season is up next. For many, contracting these illnesses means a blip of inconvenience in our lives – a few days, or a week, of discomfort before resuming our regular programming. But for seniors and those who care for them, colds and flus can be so much more destructive.
A simple tissue issue can quickly escalate into an upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, pneumonia and other catastrophic problems. This can lead to lengthy hospital stays and rehabilitation for the older person, and worry, logistics wrangling ("Will insurance cover this?" "Where will Mom stay when she's recuperating?") and missed work for the person who cares for them.
Colds and flus can be pernicious, but they don't have to be inevitable. Here are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control on how to keep them at bay:
If you are interested in learning about our services for seniors recovering from an illness or hospital stay, or our respite services for times when you are unable to care for a senior loved one yourself, please contact us!
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