The most important thing about hand washing is to wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.
At Algonquin, the staff wash their hands at the beginning and end of the workday; before and after they work with residents; before and after using gloves; before eating or handling medications; and after touching contaminated surfaces. The staff, residents, families, visitors, and volunteers are always encouraged to wash their hands.
There are five basic steps when washing our hands:
1. Wet hands with warm water then add soap.
2. Use friction to generate lather and wash hands for at least 15 seconds.
3. Rinse well under a stream of water.
4. Dry hands thoroughly.
5. Turn off faucet with paper towel.
When unable to wash hands, hand sanitizer pumps are located in many places throughout the building and in residents rooms. Algonquin Nursing Home would like to remind everyone of the importance of hand washing for the benefit to them and the residents who live in their home. By having a healthy environment, Algonquin is "A Place Called Home".