Posted by: Bert Copple | February 28, 2014

Sick? Steer Clear

It’s almost spring. Really it is. But for now, it’s still cold and flu season and, we’ve got to say, it’s been a particularly brutal one.

For people caring for senior loved ones, getting sick can feel like a worst possible case scenario.

First of all, there’s the fact that it’s difficult to care for another person when you really just want to curl up in a ball and have someone take care of you.

But also, and maybe even more importantly, there is the knowledge that you may be putting your senior at risk for catching what you have.

While it’s tempting to take some strong meds and try to get on with your day, at Home Instead Senior Care serving the Detroit metro, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, and Southeast Oakland County, we recommend following the medical advice of keeping yourself quarantined for at least 24 hours after you are fever-free without medication.

It may seem extreme, but it will help keep your senior, your co-workers and your loved ones healthy.

Here are some other flu tips:

  • Medicare pays for one flu vaccine per flu season. So if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, let this be your shot in the arm to protect against what officials are predicting will be one of the longest, harshest flu outbreaks in the past decade.
  • Over-the-counter medications will help reduce flu symptoms, but they won’t make you less contagious. Since seniors are at high risk for flu-related complications, they should contact their health care provider immediately if they begin to show symptoms of flu.  A health care provider may prescribe antiviral medications (like Tamiflu) to help make symptoms less severe and speed recovery.
  • Droplets from a sneeze or a cough can travel up to six feet. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve. It may sound unappealing, but it’s better than spreading or catching the flu.

For more information about caring for yourself while caring for a loved one, contact Home Instead Senior Care serving the Detroit metro, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, and Southeast Oakland County at 248-203-2273, visit our website, or Like us on Facebook.

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