Each year the fall and winter season can bring with it a danger that can strike quickly and cause devastating consequences. This is flu season, and this year the illness has been particularly severe, causing tremendous illness and even death throughout the country. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important that you understand that elderly adults are at a higher risk of contracting the flu and of suffering serious complications as a result of it. Knowing everything that you can about the flu and how to protect your parent can help to reduce the risk that they will experience this illness, and help them to stay healthier throughout the rest of the season and beyond.
Some things that you should know about the flu include:
- Between 5 and 20 percent of the total population of the United States will suffer from the flu each year.
- Each year approximately 200,000 people throughout the United States are hospitalized as a result of the flu and its complications.
- Each year between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the United States died as a result of the flu.
- It takes approximately 1 to 4 days to begin to show symptoms after being exposed to the flu.
- Adults who have contracted the flu can remain contagious for between 5 and 10 days after initial exposure. You can be contagious even if you are no longer showing symptoms, or if you have not begun to show symptoms.
- The flu can cause death on its own but can also lead to serious health complications that can be fatal, including increased risk of pneumonia.
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your elderly parent during the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be there with your aging parent on a schedule that is fully customized not just to your parent’s individual needs and challenges, but also to the care efforts that you give them. This ensures that your parent gets all of the care, support, and assistance that they need while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine. The highly personalized services of this care provider are designed to help your parent manage their needs in the way that is right for them while also encouraging a lifestyle that is independent, active, and engaged as they age in place. This can include assistance with personal care tasks, mobility support, help keeping the home clean, and providing transportation to get your parent where they need and want to go on their own schedule.
If you or someone you know needs senior care in Marshall, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.