As our loved ones age, they become more susceptible to disease because their immune system has weakened over time. Because of this, they are more likely to develop dangerous health complications as a result of everyday illnesses. Prevention efforts are vital to ensuring our loved ones remain happy and healthy in their home.
Our parents’ health is a top priority. As they age, there are many steps we can take to ensure that they are protected from disease while still able to remain independent in their home.
The first line of defense in keeping our loved one’s home germ- and disease-free is a thorough cleaning schedule.
Our loved ones may need more than just a rigorous cleaning schedule to keep their homes disease-free. Primary prevention efforts, such as changes to diet, exercise, and medical care, may be necessary to prevent sickness and ensure they can live a happy and healthy life.
The best way to keep disease out of our loved one’s home is to avoid bringing it in in the first place. We should avoid visiting a parent if we are sick to prevent infecting them, no matter how excited we are to visit. Instead, try keeping them connected to others through the following:
If disaster strikes, the best way we can help our loved ones is by giving them the skills and tools they need to remain independent in their home. We can make a plan with our loved ones on what we will do in an emergency, and we can ensure they know of all appropriate community contacts and resources. Ask the following:
Routines of healthy living
I’m here to help keep a loved one’s home clean and help you support them in this process. Some of the practices we may feel tedious at first, but quickly may come part of a loved one’s daily routine. Such routines are not only good for one’s physical health and hygiene but also show mental health benefits as well.
Living prepared while Preventing Disease
Disease prevention can be a daunting task. Fortunately, Beverly’s Daughter is here to make things easier for you and your loved one. To best assess the risks in your parent’s home, ask their Primary Care Physician for a list of recommended steps you can take to promote health and prevent disease. Send this list to me, and I will contact you within 48 hours with a customized action plan tailored to your loved one’s unique needs. Your loved ones are my priority.
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