October 15 is “Global Handwashing Day”…Lather up and help stop germs from spreading!

October 15th, 2014 1 Comment

Handwashing with soap is an easy way to prevent the spread of disease!

For those of us in NJ elder care, we know how important it is to prevent our older clients and loved ones from contracting a cold, flu, or other disease. One of the best and easiest ways to prevent these illnesses is by washing your hands with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer gel which contains at least 60% alcohol.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing meals
  • Before eating any food
  • Before and after treating a skin cut or wound
  • After using the bathroom
  • After cleaning someone who has had a bowel movement
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose
  • Before and after caring for an ill person
  • After handling trash
  • After touching an animal or animal waste

What’s the correct method to wash your hands?

  • Place hands under clean, running water and use soap
  • Rub into a lather for a full 20 seconds; scrub the backs, between fingers, and under nails
  • Rinse well under running water
  • Dry with air or a clean towel

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