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Home Care in Woolwich Township, NJ – Sneezing, Increased Coughing, and Fatigue Could be the Result of Poor Air Quality at Home

People sneeze for a variety of reasons. For the most part it is the result of an irritant getting into the nasal passages. These irritants could be dust, pet dander, pollutants, smoke, and a wide range of other things. For the elderly person who is relying on some type of home care, an increase in sneezing, coughing, and even fatigue might not be the direct result of health related issues.

It could be the result of poor indoor air quality. February is national Care about Your Indoor Air Quality Month, and it’s a good time to talk about the common risk factors associated with poor air quality, especially during winter.

Why Winter?

Winter is the time of year when people keep their windows and doors closed most of the time. That’s because the temperatures outside are much colder than they are at any other time of the year. In southern portions of the country, the temperatures might be quite pleasant and comfortable, and even downright hot from time to time. Running an air conditioning unit will usually also mean keeping those windows and doors closed.

For most people in the northern portions of the country, winter is a time of year when they lock everything up and that creates stagnant air. Dust can build up and be much more difficult to control. When the air doesn’t move and doesn’t recirculate, allergens and other pollutants can be stirred up with a single step.

How Home Care Makes a Difference

An experienced in-home care service provider can make a world of difference for the elderly client at home by assisting with basic, light housekeeping duties. Vacuuming, light dusting, and focusing on ways to keep the house clean can reduce dust and other pollutants.

An aging individual who is struggling with their own care might let laundry pile up in the bathroom, bedroom, or other areas. This could promote mold and mildew to grow, especially if the clothing is wet.

The same holds true in the bathroom. Assisting with basic cleaning duties in the bathroom could help to knock out mold and mildew, which could get into the air and cause various allergic reactions and health problems.

If the elderly client is experiencing any significant changes in their physical health, they should be encouraged to see their doctor, and while they are waiting for their appointment focusing on cleanliness and eliminating dust in the house can be one way to improve indoor air quality and overall health for both the client and the caregiver.

For all of your home care needs in Woolwich Township, NJ and the surrounding areas call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 321-1500.

Andrew Dubler

Home to Stay Health Care Solutions (H2S) is a solutions minded, non-medical home care company enabling seniors and disabled members of our community to stay at home.
Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions is owned and operated by the Dubler and Skole Families and was started because of experiences they had with their own Families. In one situation Mom was living alone and had a fall. It was not until this fall that the family realized they were unprepared.

When it was time for their Mom to come home, she needed companion and personal care to assist her and prevent another accident. Like most people in this situation, they were confused and did not know where to go for help. It was this life-changing experience that lead to starting a home care company that is focused on enabling those who wish to stay at home and age in place.
Andrew Dubler