Include the following MyHomecareBiz evidence-based OASIS C home health care best practices for teaching infection control:
- Wash hands regularly with mild soap. Use over-the-counter antibacterial hand lotions (like “Purell”) regularly when washing with soap and water is not convenient.
- Maintain good overall hygiene including daily bathing with soap and water and application of lotion to dry skin afterwards.
- Concentrate on good nutrition and fluid intake. Balanced diets that include grains, fruits, vegetables, and controlled quantities of fat and protein promote good health and help you resist infection. Your fluid intake should also include 6 to 8 8oz glasses of water daily.
- Perform at least 15 minutes exercise every day. This can include activity as simple as range-of-motion.
Control stress. Engage in one-full hour of your favorite activity every day.
- Review and discuss infection control measures with your doctor and visiting nurse if an invasive medical procedure is planned.
Stay current with immunizations.
- Keep your home sanitary, including daily trash removal, disinfection of kitchen and bathroom surfaces, and regular laundering of clothes, household and bed linens.
- Avoid raw or unpasteurized dairy products, and raw or undercooked meat.
- Avoid crowds, visitors, or family members that have a contagious or potentially contagious condition.
- Change air conditioning, heating, vaporizer, and humidifier filters regularly.