Hygiene is paramount for every setting, particularly in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Care homes are a setting where hygiene has always been a priority due to many residents being vulnerable with potentially weaker immune systems.
Hand hygiene is crucial, and frequent, thorough handwashing is one of the best ways to achieve this. This will remove bacteria and germs from your skin. Another highly effective way to ensure that you have adequate hygiene is to use a hand sanitiser. A recent study suggests that good hand hygiene in care homes can save lives.
Improving Hygiene and Decreasing Risks
All care home staff and visitors must be fully aware of the importance of handwashing and hygiene to ensure minimal contamination. Care homes should have wipes and sanitisers throughout their setting. Frasers Hygenix provide Bacoban disinfectant products that kill viruses, including COVID-19.
Another helpful reminder would be polite notices at entrance/exit points. Care home residents and visitors may not be in the best health or frame of mind. A gentle reminder could be all it takes to ensure safety is maximised.
Washing Your Hands Correctly
Hand washing sounds like a simple task, but it is more common than you think for people to forget to do it. A recent study revealed that up to 84% of adults do not spend the required amount of time washing their hands to eliminate germs. The general advice is to spend a minimum of 20 seconds washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
When you are not near a basin, wipes and hand sanitisers, such as the Bacoban products offered by Frasers Hygenix, are a fantastic way to kill bacteria and viruses from your hands.
Clean hands in a care home make a significant difference in the transmission of germs. If all residents, staff and visitors have clean hands, the doors, fixtures and fittings should be germ-free.
Hand sanitisers and sanitiser dispensers do not have to be expensive. It is surprisingly affordable to ensure your care home has good hand sanitising points. This, along with correct information relayed through communication and posters, should leave your residents and staff safe and germ-free.
Older people with weakened immune systems are in danger of becoming ill quickly if they come into contact with germs. These easy hygiene steps will help to keep them safe.
For information on the hygiene products Frasers Hygenix provide, contact us on 0208 5978781.