January 3, 2013

news-hand-washing-health-home-01-2013Beginning a new year is always fun! It’s the perfect time to reflect on years past and to commit to making some simple changes that will hopefully improve one’s health and happiness.

While staying healthy throughout the year is important for all of us, it’s even more important for those who either have a medically fragile loved one at home or who work in a home health care setting — like our wonderful nurses and therapists do every day.

The good news is that there are some easy steps we can all take to stay as healthy as possible and keep those around us healthy and strong.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following six tips for keeping germs at bay:

  • Avoid close contact – Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and keep your distance from others when you are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick — It’s not always easy to do, but if possible, stay home when you are sick to keep others from getting sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose — Our mothers were right! Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands — It’s one of the easiest ways to keep from getting sick. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. An alcohol-based hand rub will also do the trick when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth — Keep your hands away from your face! Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits — Keeping your immune system strong will help to fight off germs. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Adopting healthy habits will benefit not only you, but also those around you. And for those with weakened immune systems, they will appreciate the effort we make!

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2013!