There is no medication or vaccine to cure or to prevent the common cold, so your senior’s best opportunity for not getting a cold is to do everything that she can to simply avoid it. The good news is that there is a lot more that she can do to achieve that goal than you might think.
All the General “Good Health” Solutions Matter
There’s a lot your senior does all the time that contribute to avoiding a cold. Things like getting enough sleep, eating right, and exercising as much as her doctor has said is safe are all helpful. Drinking plenty of water is also important, especially if your elderly family member does get sick. You might want to talk to your senior’s doctor about vitamins or supplements before adding them to her routine. There may be some that interact with medications she’s already taking.
Keep up with a Handwashing Schedule
One thing that the Covid-19 pandemic has reminded people of is the importance of handwashing. Your senior can remove or kill the majority of germs that she comes into contact with on a daily basis by simply washing them away with soap and water. Remember, at least 20 to 30 seconds with plain soap and water is enough. If soap and water aren’t an option, hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol will do in a pinch. Remember that touching the nose, eyes, or mouth in between handwashing is a bad idea because that’s a fast track to getting germs into your senior’s body.
Try to Avoid People Who Are Sick
If you or your senior know that someone is sick, it’s best to avoid spending time with that person. That’s especially true if spending time around that person would mean being in an enclosed space for an extended period of time. Family members who aren’t feeling well should be aware of being careful around your senior, too. You may need a backup plan for yourself as well, just in case you get sick. Bringing in homecare providers may be exactly what you need.
Be Careful about Spreading Germs, Too
It’s also important that if your senior does get sick, you help her to avoid spreading those germs to other people. Staying at home while she’s sick is a really good choice. Coughing into a tissue is also a good idea, because the tissue can be thrown away immediately. Handwashing is still important, to avoid infecting other people and to help your senior avoid reinfecting herself. Increasing disinfecting routines is also a good idea but might be difficult for your senior when she’s not feeling well. Homecare providers can help with this, too.
Talk to your senior’s doctor about what other options she has to help her to avoid a cold this year.