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Caregiver Cleanliness tips during this outbreak

WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Moderator Posts: 384 Moderator
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If you are a caregiver or HAVE a caregiver coming in to assist you, its important that they follow certain steps to ensure they dont bring anything into your home or compromise your immune system.

- dont allow them to come if they are sick or have travelled.
- ask them to bring a CLEAN set of clothing with them, and change after they come in immediately. This means they dont bring in outside viruses or bacterias into your house
- ask them to remove their outside shoes upon entry, and wear new ones inside. Ask them to spray off their shoe soles upon entry as well. 
- If you are a wife or a girlfriend to someone with an SCI, take these steps as well, and stay inside to prevent exposure to anyone else. If you bring in a virus, you will expose your partner. It's worth it to stay inside and work from home.

Caregivers - what other tips do you have to stay clean and sanitary?

Your WAGS of SCI
(Elena and Brooke)


  • SpearJanisSpearJanis Member Posts: 14
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    This sounds like good advice.  Thank you.
  • TimsheTimshe Member Posts: 3
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    I’m curious, you did not mention whether your caregivers are wearing any personal protective equipment such as facemasks, gowns or gloves. I’m currently having all my caregivers where facemasks during their entire shift and gowns when performing transfers. They always wear gloves for personal hygiene i.e. bowel and bladder care, skincare, any wound care, etc.

    I like your idea about the change of clothing but where did you get this information in terms of how long the virus may live on clothing i.e. cotton or polyester, etc.?
  • SpearJanisSpearJanis Member Posts: 14
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    I would imagine that gowns or at least aprons, as well as face masks, should be worn.  

  • prc_Bethprc_Beth Moderator, Information Specialist Posts: 43 Information Specialist
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    Great advice!
  • TimsheTimshe Member Posts: 3
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    Does anyone know for sure how long the virus lives on clothing? I have not reviewed any CDC guidelines that provide this information.
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