​Four Types of Indoor Air Quality Concerns

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Posted: 10/23/2020 6:03 PM by Interim HealthCare
Whether your elderly family member is facing lung issues or not, indoor air quality is a huge concern. When she’s able to breathe easily indoors, your senior is likely to be far more comfortable.

Dander and Dust

Probably the biggest indoor air quality concern is the most prolific one. Dust is everywhere, no matter how well you clean. You can do a lot to reduce dust levels, though, including using a duster often and vacuuming after dusting. If your elderly family member has pets, there’s likely also at least some amount of pet dander to deal with, too. Both of these concerns can be managed, but you may want to increase the number of times per week that you dust and vacuum in order to get a really solid handle on the situation.

Chemicals and Smells

Scents, particularly from chemicals, can be a huge trigger for breathing issues and are a big concern in terms of indoor air quality. If your elderly family member is sensitive to specific smells or chemicals, it’s best to avoid using those completely. Most people who are sensitive to a specific smell or fragrance tend to become more sensitive to it with greater exposure, so this isn’t something that she just needs to be around more.

Cooking Smoke

Any time you or someone else is cooking, it’s a good idea to use the hood fan above the stove. This helps to draw smoke and steam from cooking up through the vent and out of the house entirely. They’re not perfect, so some smoke and steam do escape, but they’re definitely better than nothing. If your elderly family member is particularly sensitive to cooking smoke, using an air purifier in the kitchen can help a bit.

Humidity Levels

Humidity has a huge effect on most people’s ability to breathe, but it’s a factor that tends to go unnoticed. Using an inexpensive humidity meter gives you a chance to see at a glance where humidity levels are. You can also start to pinpoint where your senior’s particular preferences are. Most people have a “sweet spot” for humidity that’s around 45 percent or so. If the levels are too high, using a dehumidifier helps. Dry air is also difficult to breathe, so using a humidifier when temperatures get lower is a good idea.

Balancing these issues can feel complicated, but trying gives your senior better chances to breathe easier. If you’re not able to keep up with all of these tips yourself, working with elder care providers could be the solution you need.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Cottonwood Heights, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.


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