Washing your hands regularly is the best way to protect yourself against illness. What’s more,  washing your hands thoroughly can protect your loved ones from disease-causing bacteria. This can be very easy for anyone. However, people with disabilities may need help in maintaining proper hygiene, including handwashing. The good news is that there are ways you can keep your loved one safe from illness-causing germs and help them get the job done thoroughly by following these guidelines:

How to Help Those With Disabilities Wash Their Hands

Personal hygiene is important for everyone, especially those who might be particularly vulnerable to illness. There are various adaptive bathroom accessories, including hand and feet care, which can be used to help. These products are made to provide aid to people with disabilities, both in nursing homes, as well as at home. These products are also suitable for people with limited mobility.

Hand Washing Tips for People with Disability

People with disabilities, as well as the elderly, should remember that properly washing their hands is vital for their health and is the best way to prevent infections from spreading.

When to wash your hands

The WORLD Health Organization and the CDC recommend that we frequently wash our hands, especially:

  • Before eating
  • After you leave the washroom
  • Before and when preparing food
  • After touching an animal
  • Before and after treating a wound
  • After touching garbage
  • After caring for a sick person

How to wash their hands

Make sure that you loved ones:

  1. Wet their hands with hygienic running water and spread on sufficient cleanser to cover the whole hand surface
  2. Lather the soap and rub their hands together with the soap. Rub from palm to palm, then the back of their hands, between the fingers and thumbs, and don’t forget the nails.
  3. Scrub the hands for at least twenty seconds. And if you are experiencing difficulty with the timing, sing the Happy Birthday sing from the beginning to the end twice.
  4. Rinse their hands under clean running water.
  5. Use a clean towel to dry the hands and use a paper towel to turn off the faucet handle.

Use hand sanitizers

Although washing hands is the best way to eliminate germs, you can still use alcohol-based hand sanitizers in a pinch. Ensure that your loved one is always prepared by checking that they have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

Final Word

Proper hand hygiene is very critical in ensuring that people with disabilities can live a healthy and clean life. Also, there are many ways that you can help your loved one with disability familiarize with hand hygiene vocabularies. You can choose to create a hand hygiene bingo board. Lastly, to get all the accessories to help maintain proper hygiene for your loved one, visit Medical Supply Depot today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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