Flu season can be a nightmare for seniors enjoying life in their assisted living community. Yes, it is bad enough when you are a younger person to be affected by this illness, but as a senior citizen, a simple flu or even the common cold can lead to some pretty disastrous consequences.
Here are some of the best ways that you can help your loved ones in assisted living facilities get through flu season without catching a single chill. These simple ways to boost the immune system of your loved one will help them to remain healthy, happy, and comfortable throughout the cooler seasons.
1. Always Get Vaccinated
At this time of the year, the flu shot is always available to those who want to avoid missing out on life due to the sickness. We recommend that you get your loved one vaccinated as well. There are specific flu shots for members of the community aged 65 and up that provide stronger protection against the flu than the average vaccination.
2. Get Plenty of Sleep While Enjoying Senior Assisted Living
Sleep is the body’s natural immune system booster. Make sure that your loved one in assisted living is getting their required amount of sleep. By getting the maximum number of hours of sleep, your body responds better to stress, inflammation, and improved response to the flu vaccine.
3. Wash Your Hands
No matter how pristine your independent living community is, your loved one is liable to come into contact with thousands of germs a day. Spreading germs is one of the most common ways to catch the flu.
Avoid spreading germs by reminding your loved one to constantly wash their hands after touching hand rails, lunch trays, or going to the restroom. Also, if your loved one has friends who have the flu or a cold, make sure that they keep their distance. This is especially true when travelling in cars, elevators, or anywhere where large groups of people meet.
4. Eat the Right Things
From superfoods to multivitamins, what your loved one puts into their body can help them boost their immune system during this risky season. Certain foods that are great to incorporate into a diet as superfoods include:
Also, as seniors, multivitamins and herbal supplements can be extremely beneficial to add to a well-balanced diet. These can help increase the nutrients of a diet and ward off infection. However, it is important to note that vitamins and herbal supplements can counteract medications that someone over 65 is taking. It is always important to tell your loved one’s primary care physician before incorporating any new vitamins or supplements into their daily routine.
Holly Hall is Dedicated to Your Loved One’s Well-Being
At Holly Hall, we believe in treating your loved one like a member of our own family. Through our Christian values and our licensed staff, we strive to keep your family member well during this time of the year.
If you are interested in taking a tour of our retirement home, give us a call today to find out more about the benefits of living at Holly Hall.