December 2nd- 8th is National Hand Washing Awareness Week. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention “Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.”
With the upcoming flu season our main goal is to prevent the spread of illness to our residents as they are at greater risk of complications from the flu. When visiting the facility please be mindful of proper handwashing when entering and leaving the facility. If you are exhibiting symptoms of illness such as fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches please reconsider visiting your family member. We are very excited for the upcoming holidays and frequent visitors but need to work as a team to prevent the spread of unwanted germs and illness.
The residents, family members, and staff have been amazing at welcoming me into the organization and I am beyond grateful to have joined such a kind, compassionate, and caring team! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
~ Alanna McShane, DON