Keeping our senior citizens safe and healthy is paramount, especially during times of crisis. With millions of senior citizens living in assisted living, nursing homes, or with their families, we owe it to them to do everything we can to keep them safe. There are a number of articles detailing how to prepare an environment to make it suitable for senior living, but what about protecting the air they breathe and put into their bodies? As high-risk patients, they deserve to breathe pure, clean air in their designated home. Activa Coating is the final touch to preparing a homely space for senior citizens.
Those who are 65 and over, or who have other serious medical conditions such as lung or heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, are typically at higher risk for developing transmitted illnesses. Those with weakened immune systems are also high-risk. Seniors who live in assisted living, nursing homes, or another long-term care facility are especially at risk for contracting illnesses. This is due to how easy it is for viruses, infections, bacteria, and pollution to spread through these institutional-like environments.
Spreading infections in these environments is dire. There are increased morbidity and mortality rates and higher rates of hospitalization or rehospitalization. This is largely due to close living quarters with residents who share nearly everything coupled with outside visitors, staff, and residents who can come and go from the outside world. Because these groups are at a higher risk for contracting illnesses, it is easy for illnesses to spread quickly in these environments.
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How You Can Help
If you have a loved one living with you or in a long-term care facility, there are some steps you can take to keep them safe. They are standard, hygiene tips along with being mindful, situationally aware, and empathetic. Before visiting with your elderly loved one, be sure to wash your hands. While you’re at it, wash your hands with your loved one after your visit too. Doing it together can help remind both of you of this important step. Be sure to carry some hand sanitizer too!
We hope this isn’t too obvious, but if you are sick, think you’re sick, or have any symptoms at all, stay away from the elderly. Illnesses spread rapidly through assisted living and nursing homes, so do your part and stay away; don’t even bring the germs in. Being mindful of your own state can help protect others, even those who aren’t at high-risk. Remain aware of the situation your loved one is in; if you see something you don’t approve of, say something.
Activa is a smart-technology paint that can prevent the growth of certain viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Plus, it destroys air pollution. When a surface is painted with Activa, that surface becomes photocatalytic, meaning it uses light energy (either artificial or natural) to become activated. The process of photocatalysis is what allows Activa to prevent the growth of germs and pollution. Therefore, any air that passes by an Activa-painted surface becomes cleaner and purer.
Giving higher-risk humans a safer space with cleaner air to breathe is just one thing we can do to help them. Of course, it won’t end the spread of illnesses or make senior living environments impenetrable to outside germs, but it will help. There are countless studies showing the effects of air pollution on the human body, and we all know what illnesses do to us. If you want to help your senior loved one, even a little bit, consider painting their living environment with Activa Coating.