How to Safely Disinfect a Senior’s Home in the Fight Against Coronavirus

Many Americans are working hard to keep their homes free of the coronavirus. As part of that, they are using disinfectants to clean frequently touched surfaces, such as countertops, faucets, and doorknobs. While disinfecting surfaces is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a preventative measure against coronavirus, it has led to an uptick in disinfectant poisonings.

Why are Poisoning Cases Increasing?

According to a government report, the number of poisoning cases due to disinfectants has increased by 20 percent since the beginning of March 2020. Unfortunately, the same cleaning agents that family caregivers are using to kill the germs in their homes and the homes of their aging relatives are also dangerous to human beings.

The rise in poisonings is largely due to people using disinfectants improperly, especially bleach. For example, one case involved a woman who heard that she should clean her groceries upon bringing them home. To do that, she mixed a solution of bleach, vinegar, and hot water to soak her produce. The mixture released toxic fumes that sent the woman to the emergency room. Vinegar and bleach, when mixed together, create toxic chlorine gas.

Some people are also making their own hand sanitizer because of a shortage in stores. Some have suffered from burns on their hands because of contact with excessive amounts of alcohol. Children have also ingested hand sanitizer, which can lead to alcohol poisoning. This is important for family caregivers of seniors with dementia to note since they, too, might drink dangerous chemicals.

Using Disinfectants Safely

The CDC is currently recommending that Americans use disinfectants to remove the virus from frequently touched surfaces. These surfaces include:

  • Tables.
  • Countertops.
  • Hard-backed chairs.
  • Doorknobs.
  • Light switches.
  • Phones.
  • Tablets.
  • Remote controls.

When using disinfectants, use them according to the directions on the label. Never mix chemicals as they may produce dangerous fumes. Use gloves when cleaning with disinfectants and never apply them to the skin. Wash hands after using a disinfectant to remove the chemicals from your hands.

If you are concerned about your aging relative’s home being safely disinfected during the coronavirus pandemic, home care can help. A home care provider can disinfect surfaces in the older adult’s home using the disinfectants you provide according to the directions on the label. In addition, if the senior has a cognitive impairment, such as dementia, the home care provider can make certain chemicals are locked up after use to ensure they don’t pose a hazard to your loved one.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care Services in Palm Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920


What Can You Do When a Senior with Dementia Repeats Themselves?

Family caregivers to older adults with dementia often encounter challenging behaviors. One such behavior is repetition. Dementia may cause the senior to repeat a phrase over and over, or they might ask the same question time and time again. It’s not a dangerous behavior, but it certainly is a frustrating one. What can you do when your aging relative repeats themselves? Here are some suggestions that may help.

Stay Calm

Easier said than done, right? When your aging relative constantly repeats themselves, it can make you want to blow your stack. You may feel the urge to yell. Do your best to maintain your calm. Take a deep breath. If you need to and the senior is in a safe place, leave the room for a moment. And, if you do lose your temper, give yourself a break. Your feelings are normal.

Understand the Cause

The main cause of repetition is the effects dementia has on the brain. It destroys brain cells and affects the older adult’s ability to understand the world around them. In addition to the effects of the disease, there are certain factors that may lead to the behavior. For example, the older adult may have a concern that they are having trouble expressing. They may be feeling frustrated themselves or perhaps they are feeling anxious. If you can figure out what is causing the behavior, try responding to it. So, for example, if you believe the senior is trying to tell you they need to use the bathroom, take them to the bathroom.

Make it an Activity

If the older adult is repeating a behavior, try using the movement as part of an activity. If the older adult is rubbing the top of a table, give them a dust cloth so they can feel productive by helping clean the house. If they are worrying a piece of cloth, ask them to help fold towels.

Respond to Emotions

Determine the underlying emotion and respond to it. If the older adult seems anxious, find ways to soothe them. Reassure them that they are safe, and you are there to help them. 

Offer a Distraction

Sometimes the best way to deal with repetition is to give the older adult something else to do. Distract them with an activity they enjoy, like doing a jigsaw puzzle or eating a favorite snack.

If your aging relative’s challenging behaviors are sometimes hard to handle, you may find it helpful to use elder care. An elder care agency can send a qualified professional caregiver to the older adult’s home to spend time with them and assist with their needs while you take a break. Elder care providers are experienced in dealing with difficult conditions like dementia and know strategies for responding to them.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care in Boca Raton, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920


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