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After a Stomach Virus Hits Your Parents, Don’t Forget to Clean These Six Items

Stomach viruses are no fun. After your parents are feeling better, it’s an important time to go in and do a thorough cleaning of their home. You want to get rid of the germs to prevent others from becoming ill. 


Home Care in Chelsea AL: After a Stomach Virus

Home Care in Chelsea AL: After a Stomach Virus


Here are the six items people often forget to clean.


Controls on Appliances

If your parents made their own food and drinks, you’ll want to disinfect knobs on the stove. Clean buttons on the microwave and coffee maker. Think about other items they would have used. The toaster is one that’s likely. If your parent likes smoothies, wipe down the buttons on the blender, too. Finally, the controls on the washing machine and dryer should get a thorough cleaning.


Door Knobs

Germs collect on door knobs. Wipe down knobs on any doors your parents would have opened. This includes closets, basement doors that lead to the laundry room, bedroom doors, car doors, and exterior doors. You should also wipe down the cabinets and the fridge/freezer door handles.


Light Switches

Go through every room your parents’ use and disinfect the light switches. Think about the light switches on table lamps, too. Make sure you disinfect the switch and the light plate that surrounds it. Your mom and dad would have brushed that with their hands or fingers while flipping the switch.



Did your parents call you while they weren’t feeling good? Get a bleach or disinfectant wipe and wipe down all sides of the phone and the buttons. You should also wipe down the charging unit to kill any germs there, too.



While they’re feeling lousy, it’s very likely that your parents will take it easy. Most people spend time watching movies and TV shows while they’re sick. If your parents are the same, you’ll want to disinfect the remotes they’ve touched. Wiping them down with a bleach solution will kill the germs that linger.


Sink and Shower Knobs

Wipe down the knobs for hot and cold water on all sinks and showers. A bleach solution or bathroom cleaner that kills germs is ideal here. If the shower has a wand showerhead, wipe that down, too.


Keep Your Parents on the Road to Recovery With Home Care Services

When your parents are feeling poorly, it’s a good time to bring in elder care services. A stomach virus can lead to dehydration pretty quickly. You want to make sure someone is cooking soups, making tea, and monitoring that your parents are getting enough fluids. Caregivers can also help your parents track when they last took medications that help ease stomach discomfort.

Call an elder care agency to talk about temporary or permanent assistance from a caregiver. A specialist in elder care is happy to talk to you about rates, services, and schedules.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Chelsea, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.

Susan Smith

Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.She began her entrepreneurial journey more than a decade ago by opening an accounting firm in 2005.In November of 2015 a very dear friend and client passed away, Steve Baldwin.Mr. Baldwin owned and operated a successful senior home care business in the Birmingham area. Susan had spent many hours over a span of several years with Mr. Baldwin discussing, strategizing and learning the senior care industry with him. After his passing, Susan’s heart went out to his clients and their caregivers.Her wish was to continue the caring legacy that he had shared with her.In October of 2016, Susan purchased and renamed the business to Senior Legacy to honor her old friend and as a reminder that pouring our lives into others is our true legacy.

Susan still owns and operates a successful accounting firm in Pelham.She believes that the combination of her business experience and compassion for others is a perfect blend to grow Senior Legacy into a leader in the senior home care industry.Susan is committed to the further growth of Senior Legacy’s clients, employees, and surrounding community.

Susan has four wonderful children, and three amazing grandkids.She loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling and gardening in her down time.