This is what happens when you get behind on blogging. On the 14th, the CDC issued its Interim Guidance on Infection Control Measures for 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Healthcare Settings, Including Protection of Healthcare Personnel. I’m not trying to add to the media sensationalism and panic surrounding H1N1, but it is important for healthcare workers to protect themselves. As health care workers are the people most likely to come in contact with H1N1, it behooves them to take steps to stay healthy and minimize the spread of the virus. If you haven’t read the CDC’s guidelines, you should do so now. Here’s the link: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/ill-hcp.htm
Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’d like to do a little bit of shameless promotion: On Saturday, November 14th, the Minnesota HomeCare Association will host an event titled “Mom and Dad Want to Stay Home; Planning Their Future at Home”. This event is for consumers, but healthcare and social workers are invited to attend as well. The purpose of the event is to educate consumers on the differences between Home Care, Assisted Living and Nursing Homes and how to choose among them. If you go, you’ll also get a chance to hear from seniors who are successfully living at home with the help of home care providers.
The best time to prepare for a family crisis is before it happens. If you have aging family members who may soon need care, or if you have friends who do, tell them about this event! Learn what your options are so that when the time comes, you’ll be ready with your decision.
The event costs $10 and that includes lunch. Register online!