The beginning of December hosts National Handwashing Awareness week, and what better time than when germ exposure is high. With shoppers out and about collecting items for the holidays, partygoers gathering at venues for seasonal celebrations, and travelers flying and driving to enjoy the Florida winter, stores, restaurants and even homes can be quite crowded. During this time, it is especially necessary to maintain healthy practices via washing one’s hands in order to limit exposure and the spread of illness. Handwashing is one of the first lines of defense against viruses, and taking steps to combat them throughout cold and flu season, and all year long, benefits personal health and the health of surrounding individuals. Those with compromised immune systems are at an even greater risk for infection, making handwashing a vital practice for everyday wellness.
As our team at Aqua Home Care refers trusted caregivers who assist their clients with personal care routines, good health practices are implemented on a daily basis. Individuals facing difficulty with day-to-day tasks benefit from quality in-home care services that promote comfort, safety and wellness. Services offered include providing support with activities that include hygiene upkeep and handwashing whenever needed. Viruses can spread easily, and illness takes varying tolls. Mild to severe reactions can occur in some individuals who recover with little intervention, and in others who require medical support. In-home care offers a more private setting for receiving care services, thus limiting one’s exposure. Providers further this benefit with services that aim to maintain good health.
Reminders for proper handwashing include:
- Wetting hands before applying soap
- Rubbing soap between fingers, over backs of hands, palms and over wrists
- Washing hands using this process for at least 20 seconds
- Drying with a clean towel/paper towel
National Handwashing Awareness week is observed for a matter of days, but performing this practice throughout the year is paramount. Avoiding illness is a top priority as it impacts every aspect of daily living and can lead to serious complications. Protect yourself and those around you by implementing this routine throughout the day. Our Aqua Home Care team wishes everyone in our community and beyond health and wellness this season and all year long.