This is the time of year when influenza is on the rise, and the risk of both contracting and spreading infection is prime. Why not do all you can to stop the spread of germs by simply washing your hands properly.
There are five steps to keeping your hands bacteria-free:
1. Wet your hands with warm running water.
2. Add soap, and then rub your hands together, making a soapy lather. Do this away from the running water for at least 15 seconds, being careful not to wash the lather away. Wash the front and back of your hands, as well as between your fingers and under your nails.
3. Rinse your hands well under warm running water.
4. Pat hands dry with a paper towel.
5. Turn off water using same paper towel and dispose in a proper receptacle.
It is crucial for caregivers, and visitors to wash their hands, and clean surfaces with antibacterial agents, as well. Caregivers need to remind visitors, especially professionals who go from client to client, or patient to patient, to simply wash their hands and dry them on a paper towel.
The norovirus can stay in your stool for 2 weeks or more even after you feel better. Hand washing is crucial. This is a horrible virus, that causes diarrhea and vomiting. Most of us live to tell the tell. The very fragile person is at risk of dehydration.
For more on this subject ( including a great hand washing poster you can place in the home of those you care for), and others that relate to caring for fragile elderly loved ones, why not visit http://ontarioseniors.blogspot.ca/ and read some instructive and helpful articles by Perth’s own Jennifer Jilks.