What is International Infection Protection Week all about?
It started in 1986 and always falls during the third week of October. It’s an international day designed to focus on the things people need to do to avoid infectious diseases and health issues.
How do you prevent infections from happening? These four steps are important at any age.
Spend Time Outdoor
In the winter, many people stay inside where it’s warm. Germs build up in an air-tight home. Opening a window to allow some fresh air inside helps. Going outside for walks is even better. Your parents get exercise and breathe in the fresh air at the same time.
Read Food Recalls and Alerts
One infection that’s harder to avoid is food poisoning. Check often for recalls and alerts that may affect the foods your parents eat. Leafy greens are important for the diet, but items like spinach and lettuce are occasionally linked to E-Coli and listeria contamination.
Wash Hands Correctly
Washing hands often is important. Your parents need to make sure that they’re doing it correctly. Suds up the hands for a full 20 seconds. Your parents need to soap up between the fingers, under the nails, and on the front and back of the hands up to the wrist.
After rinsing their hands, it’s best to air dry the hands. If that’s not appealing, a clean towel is ideal. You don’t want to use a towel that’s covered in bacteria when drying the hands.
Choose Foods With Key Nutrients
Your parents want their bodies to be ready to fight off infections. While an older adults’ immune response might not be as quick as a younger adult’s, there are ways to help. The best is to make sure the diet is high in antioxidants.
Make sure your parents eat plenty of foods high in antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables are a good place to start. Seeds like chia seeds also contain antioxidants as well as omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
Even with the best habits, there’s always a chance that you’ll develop an infection like food poisoning, the seasonal flu, or an infected cut or scratch. If you are dealing with an infectious disease or health issue, it’s important to take time to heal properly.
When you’re the primary carer for your mom or dad, taking time off may not seem possible. Make sure there’s always a way to have time to recover. The best way to do this is by looking into respite care services from a home care agency. Home care aides can come to your parents’ home and help them with daily activities while you heal.