Posted by Eva Owens
It is that dreaded time of year where you inevitably hear coughing and sneezing or know someone that has been sick. For some, it may have been a lighter case of the sniffles, for others, a more serious upper respiratory infection or the highly contagious flu.
Depending on the circumstances, your homecare client(s) may be more susceptible to not only getting sick, but having a much tougher time fighting the bug and enjoying a full and speedy recovery. Here are a few ways you can help yourself, your family and your client(s).
1. Get Your Flu Shot
We have all heard the tried and true saying that the best defense is a good offense. Be proactive! If you have not gotten your flu shot yet, it’s not too late. The price should be minimal and there may not be a cost at all. It’s important to remember that a flu vaccine not only protects you from getting sick, but it also protects the people around you, including vulnerable populations like the elderly, children, pregnant women, and people with immune system issues.
It is too easy to do, especial during the holiday season. Prioritize getting a full 8 hours of sleep. Take your multivitamin. Be conscious about the foods you are eating. Take some time to reduce stress by getting some fresh air, taking a bath, or some other activity you find relaxing.
3. Wash Your Hands or Use Sanitizer
You’ve heard it a thousand times. Wash your hands with warm water and make sure to take enough time to scrub any germs or bacteria off. Be mindful that the faucet, soap and paper towel dispensers, and light switches in public restroom are prime places for germs to spread. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer handy.
4. Wash Kitchen Towels & Washcloths Often
Kitchen towels and washcloths are common in almost every kitchen. In fact, they may be your goto method for quickly wiping up countertops, wiping down the stove or cleaning out the microwave. Kitchen towels should be washed every one to two days. Face towels and wash clothes should be washed after every use. I know: More Laundry! I hear you saying, but it’s worth it, I swear.
Everything good about our lives stems from our health. During these winter months it is important to take extra precaution to guard your good health. We hope you found these tips helpful and applicable for both you, your family, as well as your home care clients.
We wish you a very healthy holiday season!