CommuniCare Therapy has developed handouts for clients on a variety of health and safety isues. Please take a moment to review our client handout. These handouts are also available by mail on request.
INFECTION CONTROL RESOURCES
CommuniCare Therapy shares information with our clincians, staff and the public concerning infection prevention and control practices and resources.
What is hand hygiene?
Hand hygiene refers to cleaning your hands, either using soap and water or a waterless hand sanitizer.
Why is hand hygiene important?
Illness causing organisms can survive for days on contaminated surfaces or items. Hands are easily contaminated through touching these surfaces or items and the illness causing organisms are introduced into the body through touching the eyes, nose or mouth or through eating.
When do I need to perform hand hygiene?
Hand hygiene should be performed in the following instances:
- after personal care (i.e. blowing your nose, using the washroom)
- after assisting another with personal care
- before preparing or eating food
- after touching potentially contaminated surfaces (i.e. any surface, linen or items used by someone who is ill, or any surface/item touched by many people, such as a grocery cart, etc)
Health care workers have other instances (in addition to the above) where they should perform hand hygiene:
- before and after any client contact
- before and after putting on/removing gloves
- after any contact with potentially contaminated materials or surfaces
How to use Hand Sanitizer
How to Hand Wash with Soap and Water
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
View Public Health Ontario’s guide on proper sequencing for personal protective equipment (PPE) application and removal.
INFLUENZE VACCINATION (FLU SHOT) CLINICS
CommuniCare Therapy encourages all of their clients, clinicians and staff to receive the annual flu vaccine.
The Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care has a new website that allows searching by postal code to find the closest flu shot clinic or pharmacy.
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