Recent survey results conducted by the Red Cross reveal that six in ten Americans feel that they need more information about how to care for someone with the flu. So here you go:
When caring for someone who has the flu:
- Disinfect door knobs, switches, handles, toys and other surfaces that everyone touches.
- Use detergent and very hot water to do dishes and wash clothes (it’s okay to wash everyone’s dishes and clothes together.)
- Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.
- Designate only one adult as the caregiver (people at increased risk of severe illness from the flu should not be caregivers).
- Deal with crisis situations calmly and confidently to give the best support to the person being cared for.
- Remember your own needs as well: Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, get regular excercise and get enough sleep and rest.
If someone is dealing with a lot of stress, it’s important to ask for help. If a caregiver is in a stressful situation, they should express their feelings to people they trust, get into a regular schedule of seven to eight hours of sleep, excercise and take time to relax. Check out the full list of tips here.
Thanks to Jeri Moore, C&M intern, for this post.