As we embrace the holiday season, it’s a crucial time to revisit our senior care infection control practices. With cold, flu, and the ever-present threat of COVID, it’s paramount to be vigilant, especially for those over 65, as they are more susceptible to life-threatening complications. These respiratory infections and the flu are contagious viral diseases that primarily spread through the release of particles when an infected person coughs or sneezes. They can also be contracted by touching virus-contaminated surfaces and transferring germs to the eyes, nose, or mouth.
Incorporating simple steps into your daily routine can help safeguard you from the flu:
- Frequent Handwashing: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Encourage those around you to do the same.
- Avoid Touching Your Face: Steer clear of touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, as germs can easily spread this way.
- Limit Close Contact: Try to minimize close contact with individuals who are unwell.
- Prioritize Your Health: Maintain good health habits. Get enough rest, exercise regularly, manage stress, stay hydrated, and consume nutritious foods.
- Proper Cough and Sneeze Etiquette: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and dispose of it in the trash afterward.
- Stay Home If You’re Ill: If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, it’s essential to stay home to prevent spreading the illness.
No one wants to face the flu, especially as we age. As a wise doctor once said, “The best way to deal with the flu is simply not to get it.”
By following these senior infection control guidelines, you can enjoy a healthier and more joyful holiday season.