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Tips for Effective Hand Hygiene

Senior Care in Sebastopol CA: Tips for Effective Hand Hygiene

Senior Care in Sebastopol CA: Tips for Effective Hand Hygiene

Throughout the United States, 71 percent of people say that they use proper hand hygiene practices regularly, but 58 percent also say that they have witnessed others leave public restrooms after failing to wash their hands, and 39 percent say that they do not wash their hands after they blow their noses, sneeze, or cough. Considering the average person comes into contact with around 300 surfaces every half hour throughout the day, this means that each person encounters a huge number of germs during their day. As a family caregiver it is important to realize just how dangerous this can be for your elderly loved one, and to ensure that truly effective hand hygiene is a part of your care routine.

May 5 is Hand Hygiene Day, the perfect chance for you to learn more about keeping your parent’s, and your, hands clean and protected from germs. This is one of the most important steps that you can take in helping your parent to avoid illnesses and infections that could threaten their health and well-being throughout their later years.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention you and your elderly loved one should always practice thorough handwashing:

  • Before and after preparing or cooking food
  • During preparation of any raw poultry, meat, pork, or fish product
  • Before eating
  • Before and after any care task for a person who has been suffering an illness or infection
  • Before and after taking care of an injury or wound
  • After using the restroom
  • Before and after cleaning up after an incontinence episode
  • After coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, or touching your face
  • After caring for an animal
  • After taking out the garbage
  • After coming into contact with any public surface, such as doorknobs, money, or public transportation


Use this technique for proper handwashing when possible:

  • Wet hands under running water. Cold works just as well as hot
  • Lather hands, including cleaning under the nails, for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean around the wrists as well
  • Rinse under clean, running water
  • Dry thoroughly


Starting senior care for your elderly loved one can be an exceptional way to help your aging parent achieve and maintain a higher quality of life as they age in place. A senior home care services provider can be with your senior on a customized schedule that is right for their needs. This means that they will have access to the care, support, assistance, and encouragement that is right for their individual needs when they need it, while still allowing you to remain at the forefront of their care. The highly personalized set of services this senior care provider can give to your loved one will be tailored not just to their challenges and limitations, but also to their personality, beliefs, preferences, and goals. This enables them to live the lifestyle that their desire and deserve and stay safe, healthy, and comfortable, while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible. A senior care provider can be extremely helpful in encouraging your loved one to maintain good hand hygiene to protect their health and well-being as they age in place. This can include helping your senior to understand the importance of keeping their hands clean, offering valuable reminders for them to wash before and after key tasks throughout the day, and utilizing alternative techniques to keep their hands clean and their body protected from germs, illness, and infection.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Sebastopol, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! Sonoma County: (707) 238-5700 or Marin County: (415) 942-8955.




Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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