Protecting Nursing Home Residents During Flu Season SymptomsAccording to last week’s flu season update by the CDC, influenza has been minimal in the US thus far this season. This is great news for facilities catering to the elderly or to children, as they can be more susceptible to complications arising from these illnesses. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has only reported “minimal” influenza activity at this point.

In an effort to keep influenza and other germs at bay, Cedar Haven’s Jan Garvin, RN Infection Control Director, is here pictured proudly introducing our latest addition to the lobby. Our Cough Etiquette Stand features important information about how we can do our part to prevent the spread of germs and infection. All visitors are invited to use hand sanitizer before entering the facility and thereby to stop the spread of germs to our resident community. Tissues and masks are also available at the stand.

Tips for Covering Your Cough

The best way to cover your cough is to cough into your arm or sleeve. This also works for a sneeze as well.  When we avoid covering up a cough with our hands, it eliminates the chance of spreading the germs into the environment, as it is not always possible to get to wash our hands and properly decontaminate them, after each event.

Look Out for These Symptoms When Deciding Whether to Visit Your Loved One

If you have had any of the following symptoms, it is probably best to avoid visiting a Nursing Facility:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Increased cough
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Muscle Aches
  • Respiratory Symptoms

Our Team is committed to ensuring Cedar Haven Healthcare Center is a safe and healthy environment for all who live, work and visit here.

Thank you to everyone who participates in this important initiative each day!