Winter temperatures often bring germs that are able to ride out those colder temperatures. If you’ve got the right plan in place, though, you’re going to be able to stay a lot healthier this year. That could mean that you’re able to keep being the caregiver you want to be, even if your senior ends up catching a cold.
Handwashing Is Important
Washing hands properly all year long is really important, but when more people are sick, handwashing can keep you from catching those germs and getting sick, too. Make sure that you’re using plain soap and warm water. The key to getting rid of as many germs as possible is to rub your hands together constantly under the water for at least a minute. Wash your hands often but be aware of how dry your skin is getting and use lotion, too.
This Is Why Self-care Matters
Having a solid self-care plan really pays off when you’re dealing with situations that could put you down for the count. Self-care involves making sure you’re eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. These factors also help your immune system to stay as strong as possible, which is going to help you to keep germs from setting up camp in your body.
Make Sure You’ve Got Time for Yourself
You need time for yourself, too. There’s no way that you can remain on the go constantly and not have some sort of impact on your immune system. Make sure that you’re scheduling that time away and then stick to it like it’s an appointment that you can’t miss. This is going to help you to stay in touch with how you’re feeling, too.
Work out a Plan with Your Doctor
It’s also really important to talk to your doctor about what’s going to help you personally to stay as healthy as possible. Your doctor might recommend certain vaccinations, like a flu shot or even a pneumonia vaccine, so that you’re not as likely to become sick from those ailments. There may be other recommendations that your doctor has, too. Having a plan is going to ensure that you get where you want to be.
As a caregiver, getting sick means you’re not as able to keep up with everything else that demands your time and attention. Staying healthy means that you benefit, but also that you’re able to keep helping the people you love.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Robbinsville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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