Infection is a very important topic to discuss in home care. Depending on the type, infection can be dangerous or extremely safe. For those that are unfamiliar with the term, infection refers to a state where something new is connected to an existing system or system in need of improvement.
For example, a new room service order must be evaluated for infection and treated accordingly. Or an infected item must be disposed of, as it is not a necessary part of the recovery process.
Infection can happen periodically or at random times during the day, depending on who is cleaning. Many infections are self-limiting, but there are times when more treatment is needed. This is why it is important to know how to identify and treat infections in home care clients.
This article will talk about some common infections that clients may have and how to identify and treat them.
Keep your hands clean
It is common practice in healthcare to hand wash hands when performing any sort of hygiene, including cleaning for patients. This includes maintaining a clean site between the patient and equipment such as wheelchairs,ibo tables, and pockets.
When attending a home care appointment, make sure to pack your personal restroom necessities and pack a spare set of clothes if the patient leaves the fitting empty-handed. These supplies can help save someone from having to go back to a laundromat or store where they have to purchase new clothes every week or more.
By keeping your hands clean while performing tasks on behalf of patients, you will be more likely to stick with the job and avoid anything but the most minor injuries. You will also be avoiding any infections that may spread between people working at similar homes, which would become a costly burden for those needing assistance.
Avoid sharing items that touch the face
It is strongly recommended that patients and family members do not share products or equipment with health care aides. This includes towels, washcloths, lip balm, sunscreen, and the like.
Many disinfectants break down while being used on objects such as towels or hands. This allows the aide to quickly clean and sanitize the patient in your care.
If a patient does have contamination on them, a quick use of a disinfectant will prevent any dryness to occur and allow for quicker cleaning of the patient. In some cases, such as cleaning contaminated wounds, it may be necessary to use a stronger disinfectant to penetrate the wound better.
By only sharing items that are needed for health care or maintenance, the aide can avoid having to worry about leaving foreign materials on patients or preventing proper airflow during rotation.
Do not share cosmetics
People in home care have access to cosmetics, beauty products, beauty brands, and shop bought cosmetics. You should make sure that there are no restrictions on the kind of makeup or products that are used for infection control in home care.
Home care is a highly versatile job. As someone who does home care, you will find many places to shop for products and people to use them. Some of these sources are restricted by brand or style, some are available only from specialty boutiques, and some are available only at large shopping centers.
Many places require that personal hygiene items be kept away from exposed medical devices and equipment. If you work with personal hygiene items, make sure to keep them in sealed packages or covers to prevent exposure.
Use single-use containers for products that touch the face
It is recommended that single-use container be used for products that touch the face. These include beauty products, moisturizers, shower gel and wash products, and food-borne medications or supplements.
If a product requires larger packaging, a clear plastic bag may be used to hold the item until it is prepared and distributed. A muslin cloth may be used to cover wound care preparations before they are administered.
Using a large, reusable water bottle will help keep your space clean as well as being helpful in keeping track of drinks purchased and consumed. Many systems offer these on the internet, so no special training is needed.
Know what items are confidential or confidential materials and keep changing your guidelines without having to change labels or rooms, because those settings do not require such things.
Practice good personal hygiene
It is crucial to keep yourself healthy and fit for your job as home care aide. You can do this by attending educational conferences and learning new skills or by taking up a fitness program.
Reading health-related materials is also a good way to learn new things. So, go ahead and get your hands on The End of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Practical Approach by Dr. Michael Niesula or The Meaning of Life: A New Approach to Aging by Dr. Mark Bakhtiar!
As a home care aide, you can learn some things about hygiene that the average person does not know. For example, people frequently forget to wash their face or wash and apply makeup before bedtime.
In this article, we will discuss some basics about cleaning the self in home care setting.
Don’t scratch your face
You’d think that scratching your face right after having a baby is a good idea, but in fact it can be very bad health care for you.
Baby hair can cause friction, and even as adults we have small hairs on our bodies. When we scratch these areas, it can result in razor bumps and other skin problems.
We recommend that infant’s less than two months old not be placed in a crib or bassinet. The weight of the baby may result in collapse of the side panel and escape of infectious material.
A playpen is an excellent way to keep an infant confined. A playpen should have adequate room for sitting, standing, and maneuvering without having to go outside the frame. An adequate supply of blankets and soft cloths are needed to keep the child comfortable in this environment.
Tell your doctor if you have an infection or symptoms of an infection
People with weakened immune systems, people with cancer or other disease, people who are immunocompromised, and people who have infections in other areas of the body are at increased risk for infection in the hands.
Immunocompromised individuals may have increased numbers of infections and/or severe infections. Therefore, inspecting items such as bandages, wound supplies, and medication containers for contamination is a good habit to begin at home.
Reminder: Do not share personal hygiene products such as liquid or foam washcloths or scrubs with other persons except your spouse or close family member. These could be passed to another person who does not have the appropriate immune system to prevent colonization of bacteria and fungi.
Bullet point: Be suspicious of wounds that do not bleed adequately or do not look healthy enough for stitches even if they seem fresh looking.
Get regular medical checkups
You should have medical checkups every year to be safe. As a home care provider, you may not have a medical background or the resources to do regular medical checkups, especially if you are working with someone else.
However, staying healthy is important for all parts of your life. Health is important to how well you feel about yourself and what kind of experience you want in your home care.
By having a healthy self-image and by choosing people who have a healthy self-image, you might keep yourself healthier than someone who doesn’t have a healthy image of themselves.
Overall, the average person gains about 2 pounds during their year of home care, so keeping track of your weight can help look out for yourself. You can also stay aware of your health by tracking health symptoms on apps such as Yelp or by re-visiting doctor annually.