Fighting the Flu? Consider Assisted Living Respite Care

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Flu season is especially harsh on people age 65 and older, because they are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. That means caring for an aging loved one with the flu virus can be a complicated and time-consuming process. However, if you or a loved one falls ill from the flu virus, assisted living respite care could be a great option for treatment.

Here are some ways you can evaluate if assisted living respite care for the flu is a good option for you and your loved one:

You Want Trained Staff to Treat Symptoms

If flu symptoms aren't treated properly, they can lead to life-threatening complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections. This is particularly true for seniors and anyone suffering from chronic diseases (like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease) because they may have diminished immune systems. It's essential for seniors to get the best treatments possible to prevent serious complications from flu symptoms. At assisted living communities, trained caregivers can properly tend to flu symptoms. They also have physicians and nurses on hand to provide care when needed.

You Need to Protect Others at Home

Babies and young children are just as susceptible to developing serious complications from the flu. If you live in a multi-generational household, a respite stay at an assisted living community might be a good option. Getting treatment for the flu at an assisted living community protects other household members from the possibility of getting sick from the virus. Without the flu-ridden family member present, the chance of the infection spreading in the home is much lower.

You Need the Additional Support

Sometimes life gets busy, and you may need help taking care of your loved one. If circumstances such as a job, children, or your own health make it difficult for you to provide your loved one with the proper care needed for a full recovery from the flu, consider a respite stay at an assisted living center. Having reliable, trained staff care for your loved one eases stress and ensures that his or her treatment needs are being met.

Looking for Assisted Living?

You can find out if care centers near you offer respite stays (many do) by typing your location into our Find A Care Center map.