No one enjoys the sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and sore throat that can come from seasonal allergies, but just because your parent experiences this sensitivity does not mean that they can’t enjoy the wonderful things that the spring has to offer. By helping them to manage their allergies you can reduce their suffering, improve their quality of life, and help them to be more active throughout the season.
Use these tips to help your parent manage spring allergies:
- Talk to their doctor about medications that might help ease your parent’s symptoms. They might be able to take medications daily to control their symptoms, or over-the-counter options to manage them as they arise.
- Do not open the windows in your parent’s home. The fresh air might be nice, but it brings in allergens.
- Use the air conditioner to keep the humidity in the home lower.
- Place air purifiers in the areas of the home where your parent spends the most time and keep them running as much as possible.
- If there is a mudroom, laundry room, or garage that leads into the home, consider using this as a stopping point before going into the rest of the house. Remove shoes and outer layers of clothing such as jackets to reduce the amount of allergens brought into the house.
- Bring a lightweight scarf or surgical mask with you when going out of the home so that your parent can breathe through it if they feel the need.
- Avoid going out when the pollen levels are high and the air quality is low.
If your aging parent has been suffering from increased challenges and needs, your own schedule or abilities have changed and you are no longer able to give them the level of care at that you feel they need and deserve, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the ideal time for you to start home care for them. The highly personalized services of an in-home senior care services provider are designed to specifically address your aging parent’s challenges and needs while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence as possible and to live a lifestyle that is active, engaged, and fulfilling. These services can include transportation, companionship, meal preparation, assistance with personal care needs such as toileting and bathing, help with housekeeping tasks around the home, medication reminders to help them remain compliant, and more. As their family caregiver, that can help you feel more confident and secure that your loved one will have everything that they need to live their highest quality of life throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Smithtown, NY, please call the caring staff at Companion Home Care of Long Island. Senior Home Care serving Suffolk, Nassau and Queens Counties. Turn your questions into answers. Call Today (631) 884-0005
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