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4 Ways to Help Your Elderly Loved One Survive Allergy Season

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on March 28, 2016

Allergy season can be problematic for many people, but seniors are much more sensitive to certain allergens that come with the spring weather. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care in Phoenix, wants to share a few tips to help your elderly loved one stay healthy during allergy season.

1. Have the HVAC Serviced

Residential HVAC systems can pull in a huge volume of air from the outside, which means quite a few allergens may find their way into your loved one’s home. When these systems are not regularly serviced, the outdoor contaminants can potentially permeate every nook and cranny of the house and increase your loved one’s risk of an allergy flare-up. An HVAC technician can help your loved one avoid these problems by cleaning mold off of the heat pump, sealing cracks in the ducts, and changing out old air filters. 

2. Leave Jackets and Shoes Outside

Spending even a few minutes outside can fill your loved one’s jacket and shoes with unwanted allergens such as pollen and dander. He or she might then bring these contaminants into the home where they can linger for months on end. By leaving shoes and jackets at the door, these particles have less of a chance to spread throughout the house. 

3. Check Local Allergen Levels

There are a number of different ways you and your loved one can check local allergen levels. The easiest way to do this is to watch the daily weather report on TV or to read the weather forecast section of the local newspaper. Local residents usually get at least a few days warning if there are any weather patterns that can cause allergy issues in the near future. 

4. Close Up Doors and Windows

It is an unfortunate fact that the allergy season often goes hand in hand with beautiful weather. Many people tend to fling open their doors and windows during the warm spring months, but this habit can wreak havoc on a senior’s respiratory health. As an alternative, you and your loved one might want to invest in a small AC unit and a humidifier to keep his or her home at a comfortable temperature.

For other solutions to ensure your loved one stays healthy when the seasons change, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly and live-in care in Phoenix, all of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and there are no hidden fees in our contracts. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation with one of our friendly Care Managers, call 602.388.1085 today.