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When Should Your Parent Wash Their Hands?

As a family caregiver one of your most important responsibilities is helping your aging parent stay as healthy as possible. Germ control is a critical element of this. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that simple handwashing using soap can prevent ten percent of diarrheal diseases, and one in six respiratory diseases. This is critical for protecting your parent as they age in place. Understanding when they should wash their hands can help your parent to take responsibility for their health. Reminders from you and a senior care provider can encourage ongoing handwashing hygiene and germ control.

Senior Care in Healdsburg CA: When Should Your Parent Wash Their Hands?

Senior Care in Healdsburg CA: When Should Your Parent Wash Their Hands?

Some of the times when your parent should wash their hands include:

  • After using the bathroom.
  • Before preparing food.
  • During food preparation if coming into contact with potentially dangerous foods, such as raw poultry or pork.
  • After caring for pets.
  • After taking out the garbage.
  • Before visiting anyone who is sick.
  • After visiting or caring for anyone who is sick.
  • Before and after caring for any type of wound, even if it is minor.
  • After handling money in public places.
  • After coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose.
  • After touching any surface that appears dirty.


It is important to note that the preferable way to keep their hands clean is by using running water and soap to wash them regularly. The temperature of the water, however, does not matter as germs can withstand temperatures much higher than those that could be used to wash the skin. Use of antibacterial soap is also not advisable, as it is no more effective than regular soap and may be dangerous. If running water is not available, encourage your parent to use hand sanitizing gel that contains 60 percent alcohol to kill germs.


Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them during your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that all of their needs are met in a way that is right for them. Through a set of highly personalized services this senior home care services provider can address your parent’s challenges and limitations and help them to have the quality of life that they desire and deserve. Filling care gaps that exist in your care efforts, being with your parent occasionally to handle specific tasks, or simply providing companionship can help your parent to stay safe, healthy, and comfortable while encouraging greater independence, activity, and fulfillment as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Healdsburg, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003




Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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