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How Home Care Services from Visiting Angels Rockford Can Help Seniors Boost Their Immunity

Our home care services can make it easier for seniors in Rockford, IL and surrounding areas to incorporate changes to their everyday routine that can help boost their immune system

Groups that are at the highest risk of developing serious complications due to the novel coronavirus are adults 65+ and individuals with chronic illnesses like heart disease and autoimmune disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Keeping this in mind, seniors need to take special care of themselves during the pandemic to stay healthy. With in-home senior care from Visiting Angels Rockford, your aging loved one can adopt or follow a healthy routine and thus boost their immune system.

The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Senior Care Routine in Rockford and Surrounding Areas

Building a healthy routine can be fairly simple. Here is what your loved one can do:

  • Getting enough sleep – Just like younger adults, seniors need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night according to the Mayo Clinic. A caregiver from Visiting Angels Rockford can help your loved one prepare for bed and maintain their nighttime routine.
  • Eating a healthy diet – Since some foods are particularly good for the immune system, our caregivers can shop for quality groceries instead of your loved one and prepare nutritious, immunity-strengthening meals for them.
  • Regularly exercising – Our senior care services can include assistance with low-impact, senior-safe exercises such as stretching or floor exercises.
  • Staying hydrated and adhering to medication schedules – To keep your loved one well hydrated and to prevent any kind of medication errors, a caregiver can provide fluid and medication reminders.
  • Washing hands – It is important for everyone to now wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, reports the CDC. Our home care services include assistance with personal care so your parent can get help with bathing, washing hands, brushing teeth and more.

    Reducing Stress to Improve Health

    It is perfectly normal for your loved one to feel overly stressed these days. Here is how they can relieve stress and relax a bit:

  • Connecting with family and friends online – We can help your loved one with technology use via our Social Care program.
  • Taking a break from the news – Instead of constantly listening to bad news, your loved one should turn off their TV from time to time.
  • Focusing on enjoyable activities – Our home care services include companionship so your loved one can engage in fun activities with their caregiver, including solving puzzles, watching movies, viewing old photos and much more.
  • Asking for professional mental support – Your loved one can speak with a therapist online or call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Learn More About Home Care Services from Visiting Angels Rockford

If you wish to learn more about us and how our services can help your loved one stay safe and optimistic during this unprecedented crisis, contact our office in Rockford, IL today.

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.