Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, Christiana Care is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Friday, Jan. 18. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services. We began restricting visitors under the age of 16 years in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Women’s and Children’s areas on Jan. 18.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.


Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, Christiana Care está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 18 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios. Comenzamos la restricción de visitas a menores de 16 años en nuestra Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatales (NICU) y en las áreas para Mujeres y Niños desde el 18 de enero.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Health & Wellness

Your Needs as a Caregiver

As a caregiver, it’s very easy to forget about your own needs. But taking time to meet your personal needs is very important. By caring for yourself, you are caring for your loved one.

Seek support

Remember that you are not alone. Support is available, and getting that support is central to your health. There are two types of support that can provide help: informal and formal.

Informal support comes from your family, friends, neighbors and church, synagogue or faith community. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Let your friends and family know how they can help you.

Formal support is available from groups such as the Alzheimer’s Association, elder care centers, residential care centers, home health agencies, adult-day-care programs.

Other tips for caring for yourself

  • Get plenty of rest. Caregiving takes a lot of energy, so it’s important that you give your body time to re-energize.
  • Eat well-balanced meals.
  • Take time to exercise.
  • See your doctor for regular check-ups.
  • Reserve time for yourself away from your loved one.
  • Visit with friends.
  • Engage in enjoyable activities. Pursue a hobby.
  • Prioritize your caregiving by only doing what is most important.
  • Remember it is OK to not be perfect; no one is perfect.
  • Reward yourself. Caregiving is not easy, so take pride in it.
  • Join a support group.

Warning signs that you need help

If you experience any of the following, you should seek help from a professional:

  • Frequent use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Thinking about or becoming physically violent against your loved one.
  • Signs and symptoms of depression that last every day for more than 2 weeks:
    • Sadness, anxiety, or hopelessness.
    • Lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities.
    • Increase or decrease in appetite.
    • Insomnia or excessive sleepiness.
    • Low energy, fatigue, tiredness.
    • Feeling restless or irritable.
    • Frequent thoughts of suicide or death.