Allergies are the pits. The congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, and scratchy throat are some of the common complaints. Your dad is miserable and over-the-counter medications aren’t doing much. How can you help him?
Always start with a call to his doctor. The doctor may have a suggestion for a different medication to try. While your dad may be used to taking Benadryl, he may find that Zyrtec works better for him this year. If he still isn’t getting enough relief, here are some changes you can make around his house to help him out.
Close Windows in the Morning
Pollen counts are usually highest in the early morning. Close his windows before he goes to sleep at night to beat the pollen counts that peak between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Pollen counts also increase right before the sun sets, so it’s a good idea to avoid being outside during those hours, too.
Run an Air Purifier
If your dad doesn’t have an air purifier, he needs one. Look for an air purifier that is certified to reduce allergens by 98% or more. You’re looking for a blue and orange label with the words “Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly.”
Units that have a filter you vacuum clean will save you money over time. You won’t be buying replacement filters regularly.
Shampoo Any Carpeting
Dust mites, pet dander, and pollen spores get trapped in carpeting. If your dad has carpeting, it’s not going to help his allergies. It may not be cost effective to replace it, but you could have it steam cleaned to help get the counts lower. Have fans ready to help it dry quickly.
Dust Areas That Get Overlooked
Your dad probably keeps up with dusting, but there are bound to be areas he forgets. You could get them taken care of for him. The top of a ceiling fan’s blades, lamp shades, heating vents/registers, and tops of door and window frames are places to dust. Move the refrigerator and oven and get the dust that accumulates under those appliances.
Hire a Caregiver to Help Him
Talk to him about bringing in professional caregivers to help with daily chores. He doesn’t have to have these services once he’s feeling better, but they will help him for now. Caregivers can keep your dad’s home clean while he’s not feeling great.
In addition to cleaning the home, caregivers also wash bedding, schedule appointments, and cook meals. Call a home care agency to talk about the benefits of caregivers when allergies are affecting your dad’s routine.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering a Caregiver in Miami, FL please contact the caring staff at Elite Care At Home today at (305) 231-0555.