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Maintaining a Clean, Healthy and Safe Environment

Broadcast Date: May 31, 2006
(2 hours)

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Program Overview

Ensuring that the homes of our home health clients are clean and safe is an essential component in the provision of effective healthcare. It is also of paramount importance for our patients and their families to ensure a germ free environment to maintain optimal health and ward off respiratory problems, insect and rodent infestation and other health and environmental problems. A clean and tidy premise is also fundamental to assist our patients to both being healthy and to recover from illness. And finally, a clean, safe and healthy home environment is critical to prevent and/or control the spread of healthcare associated infections.

Proper home health care requires attention to good housekeeping that is often overlooked by the caregivers and the family as they sometimes focus only on the immediate care of the patient. However, healthy housekeeping refers to general cleaning and maintenance in a "clinical" manner to ensure the best possible environment for the home bound patient. The goal of healthy housekeeping is to reduce the number of microorganisms in the home to minimize the risk of infection and accidents to both the patient and other family members.


Perico Osby
Cooperative Extension Agent
Alabama Cooperative Extension Service
Troy, Alabama

Target Audience

Home Health Aides and Home Attendants

Contact Hours

None for this program.

Contact for Technical Assistance

(334) 206-5618 or email ALPHTN

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