December 4th-10th is National Hand Washing Week

  • By Brandis Wilmore
  • 12 Dec, 2016

I know this week has past but we really should be practicing this everyday right? 

             With Christmas and the New Year approaching we all can expect an increase in face to face encounters in our homes and throughout our communities. That’s why it’s important to be extra mindful of proper hand washing techniques. Follow these five steps to wash your hands the right way every time. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

                  Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty.

                  Hand washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine-it involves five simple and effective steps you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Its quick, its simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

                  Infection control plays a vital part in the Medical Home Health care setting and our personal lives. Adults with chronic conditions are more likely to develop complications, hospitalizations from certain vaccine-preventable diseases like Flu and Pneumonia. The CDC recommends people with asthma, COPD, or other conditions that affect the lungs get a yearly flu vaccine. If you have a lung condition, you should also get a pneumococcal vaccines.

                  So, let’s all do our part and wash our hands correctly get vaccinated and make sure our elderly loved ones are vaccinated so we all can have a happy and healthy holiday season.


This blog was written by Jeff Dietz, Administrator at Be Healthy at Home. 

Be Healthy at Home Blog

By Brandis Wilmore 12 Dec, 2016

             With Christmas and the New Year approaching we all can expect an increase in face to face encounters in our homes and throughout our communities. That’s why it’s important to be extra mindful of proper hand washing techniques. Follow these five steps to wash your hands the right way every time. Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

                  Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty.

                  Hand washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine-it involves five simple and effective steps you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. Its quick, its simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

                  Infection control plays a vital part in the Medical Home Health care setting and our personal lives. Adults with chronic conditions are more likely to develop complications, hospitalizations from certain vaccine-preventable diseases like Flu and Pneumonia. The CDC recommends people with asthma, COPD, or other conditions that affect the lungs get a yearly flu vaccine. If you have a lung condition, you should also get a pneumococcal vaccines.

                  So, let’s all do our part and wash our hands correctly get vaccinated and make sure our elderly loved ones are vaccinated so we all can have a happy and healthy holiday season.


This blog was written by Jeff Dietz, Administrator at Be Healthy at Home. 

By Brandis Wilmore 01 Nov, 2016
Home Health has many levels of care that it can provide patients. While it can be overwhelming when you are in the hospital or rehabilitation facility, trying to decide on a home health agency can add to that burden. Be Healthy at Home wants to be your number one choice, however,  remember it is YOUR choice and many things should go into making that choice. First, is local access to that agency. Having an agency based in your community is very important in coordination of care. It is crucial to coordinate all providers involved in your healthcare so that communication is happening and nothing gets left out. Secondly, face to face time, this should always happen prior to discharge. By doing this, it will allow you and your family members to ask questions, get to know the person of contact and just have a clear understanding of what services are being ordered or even just have a good description of what to expect post discharge.   Last but not least, looking at the agency's outcomes and comparing it to other agencies is important. This is public information and can be found at the CMS.gov website in the Home Health Compare section. Being educated on what to expect in your Home Health and Hospice care is very important in getting the best results after a hospitalization or planned surgery. November is a great time to recognize and give thanks to these wonderful providers and the care and compassion they provide each and every person.  

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