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Health Q&A

Posted September 05, 2012 in Advice Column, Clear Lake

Q: Why is personal hygiene so important?

A: Good  hygiene can stop people getting infected by germs (e.g. parasites, bacteria and viruses) that cause serious diseases. Some diseases can put  people in the hospital for weeks. This separation adds to the stress of the sick person and their family and friends. Your skin may also become diseased, causing infectious sores to start and put you at risk for a blood infection.
In most cases, good hygiene comes down to a few basic measures such as:
• Washing hands before handling food, washing hands after going to the toilet or touching animals and having a daily shower or bath.
• Keeping homes clean — especially kitchens, toilets and bathrooms — by sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning benches and removing dust and dirt from inside the house.
• Taking care when cooking and serving family meals.
• Keeping yards and animal living areas clean.
• Washing cutlery and crockery properly after each use, and keeping these items in clean drawers and cupboards.
• Washing clothes and linens (sheets, pillowcases, towels) properly and regularly.
For more information contact Help at Home Senior Care LLC.  641-525-0332 or 641-512-0065.

Information provided by Holly Windelow, Help At Home Senior Care LLC, 141 N. Clark St., Clear Lake, 641-525-0332.

Q: Which is more appropriate, assisted living or a care center?

A: When it comes time to consider transitioning into a long-term care facility, which is appropriate for you or your loved one — assisted living communities or skilled nursing facilities?

Those who are ready for long-term care are those requiring 24 hour nursing supervision or care. This may include safety concerns while dressing, bathing, toileting, walking and medication management. Long-term nursing services are also appropriate when other daily routines cannot be safely managed with intermittent assistance in their current environment. Long-term care facilities, both assisted living and skilled nursing, provide a range of supportive medical, personal, social and rehabilitative services.

Seniors who are capable of performing daily activities with limited assistance should consider an assisted living community. He or she may need help with housekeeping, personal care assistance, medication management, meal preparation, transportation, shopping and most importantly socialization.

Individuals who require 24-hour nursing care would be better served in a skilled nursing facility or care center. In this setting, nurses provide 24-hour care to those who can no longer care for themselves due to physical, emotional or mental conditions.

For more information, join us for our free “In an Oakwood Hour” lunch and learn on Sept. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. Contact Katie Mason at (641) 357-5244 to make a reservation.

Information provided by Katie Mason, marketing coordinator at Oakwood Care Center, 400 Highway 18 W, Clear Lake, 641 357-5244.

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