Senior citizens, or anyone above 60 years of age, generally tend to have lower immunity than youngsters. You may want to protect your parents and grandparents but might be wondering how to. Don’t worry! Just follow these easy preventive steps to keep infections and germs at bay and let them enjoy their golden years in good health.
1) Personal Hygiene
It is a great idea to wash your hands properly before you or other family members help your elders. All you need to do is use soap and water, or an alcohol-based sanitiser.
When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue or your elbow to cover your mouth (if a tissue is not available at the time). Discard the tissue in the dustbin before you help elders with medicines, walking, food, etc. Also, give gentle reminders to your elders to follow these basic hygiene habits too.
If you have help, like ward boys or domestic staff, especially for elder care, ensure they, too, follow these hygiene habits before lending a helping hand.
2) Surfaces in Your Elders’ Room
Germs can travel up to 3 feet after a sneeze, spreading unwanted infections, and rest on different surfaces around the home. Hence, an important step towards protecting your elders is to clean and disinfect all the surfaces in their room, daily. This means surfaces touched frequently by them, such as their side table, wheelchair, walker, spectacles, phone, books, medicine box, support handles, etc. It is good to not only clean but also disinfect these surfaces once a day. Also, clean and disinfect high-touch common surfaces outside their room, like switches, door handles, tables, bath fittings, toilet seats, telephones, laptops, etc. that are also used by the rest of the family.
You can clean all these surfaces with a regular household disinfectant and water. After cleaning, you can disinfect them for better hygiene. To clean your flooring, use a suitable disinfectant, like a bleach-based (sodium hypochlorite) product such as Domex Floor Cleaner, which kills germs. Read the pack for instructions before use, and always test on a small part first.
Not just surfaces, even clothes can retain germs. A thorough wash is the simplest way to ensure your elders’ clothes are clean and germ-free. Washing clothes thoroughly with detergent is good enough to remove germs. It’s good to use a laundry sanitiser to ensure that your clothes are thoroughly sanitised. You can try using Lifebuoy Laundry Sanitizer for this. Read the pack for instructions before use, and always test on a small part first. If using a washing machine, wash clothes using the appropriate water temperature setting, in accordance with the directions on the labels of laundry or clothing items. Ensure that the clothes are dried in the sun before folding and storing them.
4) Personal Household Items
It is suggested that everyone in the family use separate plates, glasses, cups, spoons etc. This will help avoid sharing germs, along with food. Also, wash all these utensils and crockery thoroughly with a good dishwashing detergent. For other household or personal items, like elders’ dentures, spectacles, spectacle cases, prayer bags, etc., use soap and water and disinfect after each use.
Follow these simple steps around your parents and grandparents and keep them safe from infections!
We suggest you thoroughly wash your hands or use a good hand sanitiser each time you touch any surface.