Elder Care Tips: Spring Cleaning for Seniors with Allergies

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Posted: 4/28/2016 1:51 PM by Interim HealthCare

Senior Care in Ogden UT

More than 50 million people throughout the United States suffer from allergies, with a large percentage dealing with seasonal allergies. Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is one of the most common ailments that people deal with, causing sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion that can last for weeks or even months at a time. If this uncomfortable condition is a part of your elder care journey with your aging parent, finding ways to minimize the symptoms can help them to feel better, stay healthier, and actually enjoy the springtime season with you.

One of the most effective methods that you can use to help reduce the severity of allergy symptoms is thorough cleaning. Since spring is the time that many people's thoughts turn to deep cleaning anyway, focus your attention on the most effective methods for removing allergens and helping your parent to keep their symptoms under control.
 

Use these tips to boost spring cleaning efforts to help control allergies in your aging loved one:

  • Utilize exhaust fans. Fans can be extremely helpful in keeping the home environment healthier and more comfortable for a senior with allergies. These fans remove moisture from the air, which helps to cut down on the mold, mildew, and other contaminants that your parent is breathing in.
 
  • Clean all moisture-vulnerable areas. Mold and mildew can wreak havoc on a senior with allergies. Take the time to evaluate the home and think of all areas where moisture might build up. This includes under the refrigerator, around the plumbing, behind the toilet, and on the shower curtain. Take steps to control this moisture, including fixing any leaks, installing drip pans, and using solid moisture absorbing compounds.
 
  • Control growth. Control the growth of potential allergens and help to reduce the need for extensive deep cleanings as often with mold and mildew control sprays. A simple combination of water, dish liquid, and tea tree oil sprayed on the shower, shower curtain, and sink daily helps to keep the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria, and viruses down for a healthier bathroom.
 
  • Deep clean soft surfaces. Anything soft can play host to a wide variety of potential allergens. Take the time to go through your parent's home and deep clean soft surfaces such as carpets, bedding, mattresses, curtains, furniture, and pillows. Use a vacuum to remove loose dirt and particles and then follow through with a steam cleaner or deep upholstery cleaner.
 
  • Protect soft surfaces. Help keep vulnerable soft surfaces such as mattresses, pillows, and comforters cleaner and more allergy-friendly with hypoallergenic cases. Look for those that have been approved for keeping out dust mites and other allergens. This allows you to quickly and easily wash the covers to remove allergens rather than attempting to clean the item itself frequently.
 
  • Clean the windows. Once pollen season rolls around, close up the windows and turn on the air conditioner. Wash the windows with a diluted bleach solution to remove any lingering pollen, mold, mildew, dander, or other contaminant, and keep the windows closed for the season.
 
Source
http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies
 

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home senior care in Ogden UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today (801) 206-9366.

 Author:
Brenda Funk, CSA,  Owner, Interim HealthCare, Ogden, UT
Brenda Funk, owner of Interim HealthCare of Ogden, is an active member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, the world's largest organization dedicated to certifying professionals who serve seniors. Additionally, Brenda holds the designation of Certified Senior Advisor.
 

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