The snow covering the world outside may have its aesthetic benefits. However, the cold and your elderly loved ones aren’t always a good match. Winter is the time where colds and flu become prevalent, and to complicate matters, seniors are particularly vulnerable with their weaker immune systems and the different health conditions they face. If you have aging family members receiving homecare in Atlanta, Georgia, it is important that they know how to get through the flu or cold with less misery.
Here are some tips from One-To-One Home Care, LLC:
- Get plenty of sleep
Getting a good rest provides your loved ones’ immune systems with an opportunity to recover and ward off the cold and flu. Your senior family members should not force themselves to exhaust their energy more than they should, so if there are things that they need doing but can’t do on their own anymore, receiving home care services from our qualified caregivers may be a good alternative.
- Drink hot liquids
Whether your loved ones live in a nursing home in Georgia or on their own, drinking hot tea or other healthy liquids can help prevent dehydration and relieve nasal congestion. It also soothes inflamed noses and throats.
- Gargle with salt water
Gargling with salt water can help your older family members relieve a sore throat. Drinking tea with lemon can also reduce the irritating sensation.
- Make sure they eat
More often than not, seniors who get flu or colds lose their appetite. Even if they don’t feel like eating, make sure that your loved ones do so. Eating the right food provides aid to their immune system in fighting off sickness. One food that has proved to be valuable in warding off colds and flu is chicken soup as it is easy on one’s upset stomach and helps open up sinuses.
Don’t hesitate to call us if you want a more thorough discussion on how to naturally treat your senior loved ones’ colds and flu.