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Caring Hands: Nurturing Health & Hygiene during National Handwashing Awareness Week

Greetings, Givens Home First community!

As we navigate through National Handwashing Awareness Week, there’s no better time to emphasize the importance of hand hygiene, especially for the well-being of our cherished community. At Givens Home First, we understand the crucial role that proper handwashing plays in maintaining health, preventing illnesses, and fostering a safe environment for everyone.

Why Handwashing Matters:

Handwashing is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs and infections. For older adults who may be more vulnerable to illnesses, this daily habit becomes even more critical. By washing hands thoroughly and regularly, we can reduce the risk of infections and contribute to the overall health and well-being of our community.

A Gentle Reminder:

In the realm of home care, where our focus is on providing exceptional support to older adults, the act of handwashing becomes a powerful gesture of care. It’s not just about cleansing hands; it’s a tangible expression of our commitment to the health and happiness of those we serve.

Best Practices for Effective Handwashing:

  1. Use Warm Water: Wet your hands with clean, running water — warm or cold will do.
  2. Apply Soap: Lather your hands with soap, ensuring you cover all surfaces, including between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub Thoroughly: Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse Well: Rinse your hands under clean, running water to wash away soap and germs.
  5. Dry Properly: Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Patience is key — completely dry hands are less likely to spread germs.

Making Handwashing a Ritual:

Let’s turn handwashing into a cherished ritual, a moment of self-care that not only protects but also nurtures. Encourage those in your care to personalize their handwashing routine—perhaps with a favorite soap or a comforting hand lotion afterward. Small gestures like these can transform a routine task into a meaningful act of self-love.

Spread the Word, Not the Germs:

Join us in promoting the power of handwashing! Share this post with your friends, family, and colleagues on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook. Together, let’s create a ripple effect of good hygiene practices, ensuring that the joy of the season is not overshadowed by preventable illnesses.


Video from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html

Life is Better with Clean Hands: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/campaign.html