Families Urged to Review Healthy Habits in Midst of Swine Flu Outbreak

Families Urged to Review Healthy Habits in Midst of Swine Flu Outbreak

   Leading in-home senior care provider warns elderly are most vulnerable to flu

(Nationwide)- May, 2009 – As the number of confirmed swine flu cases continues to grow both nationwide and worldwide, Senior Helpers, the fastest growing provider of in-home care for seniors, is urging families to review their hygiene practices to keep their elderly loved ones safe.

While federal officials aren’t saying senior citizens have a greater risk of getting swine flu, the elderly do have the highest risk of potentially fatal complications if they get the flu because the body’s immune system weakens as it gets older.  In addition, almost two thirds of seniors who get the flu end up in the hospital so it makes sense to take precautions.

Seniors Should Practice Healthy Habits (Source: Centers for Disease Control)

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 10 to 15 seconds. This removes germs from your skin and helps prevent diseases from spreading.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use waterless, alcohol-based hand gels. (They should contain at least 60% alcohol)
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the used tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve and not your hands.
  • Don’t put your fingers in your eye or mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Monitor the situation and follow local public health guidelines.

Seek Medical Care If You Feel Sick

  • If you are ill with fever and other symptoms of swine flu, such as a cough or sore throat, or if you are vomiting and have diarrhea, see a doctor.  That’s especially true if you’ve come in contact with someone exposed to swine flu or someone who had a severe respiratory illness in the past seven days before becoming ill.

This outbreak is a dynamic situation that is changing constantly and so the best thing to do is be vigilant especially with seniors. To ward off any potential of getting the swine flu, seniors and their families need to be prudent and use the same precautions as they would during normal flu season.

For more information, please visit: http://www.seniorhelpers.com/

Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing home or assisted living facility.  The company has 270 + franchises in 38 states + Canada and offers a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for clients and peace of mind for their families.  Senior Helpers strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care.

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