How to Safely Disinfect a Senior’s Home in the Fight Against Coronavirus

Home Care Services In Palm Beach Fl: Coronavirus - Covid-19 Cleaning

Many Americans are working hard to keep their homes free of the coronavirus. As part of that, they are using disinfectants to clean frequently touched surfaces, such as countertops, faucets, and doorknobs. While disinfecting surfaces is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a preventative measure against coronavirus, it has led to an uptick in disinfectant poisonings.

Why are Poisoning Cases Increasing?


According to a government report, the number of poisoning cases due to disinfectants has increased by 20 percent since the beginning of March 2020. Unfortunately, the same cleaning agents that family caregivers are using to kill the germs in their homes and the homes of their aging relatives are also dangerous to human beings.

The rise in poisonings is largely due to people using disinfectants improperly, especially bleach. For example, one case involved a woman who heard that she should clean her groceries upon bringing them home. To do that, she mixed a solution of bleach, vinegar, and hot water to soak her produce. The mixture released toxic fumes that sent the woman to the emergency room. Vinegar and bleach, when mixed together, create toxic chlorine gas.

Some people are also making their own hand sanitizer because of a shortage in stores. Some have suffered from burns on their hands because of contact with excessive amounts of alcohol. Children have also ingested hand sanitizer, which can lead to alcohol poisoning. This is important for family caregivers of seniors with dementia to note since they, too, might drink dangerous chemicals.

Using Disinfectants Safely

The CDC is currently recommending that Americans use disinfectants to remove the virus from frequently touched surfaces. These surfaces include:

  • Tables.
  • Countertops.
  • Hard-backed chairs.
  • Doorknobs.
  • Light switches.
  • Phones.
  • Tablets.
  • Remote controls.

When using disinfectants, use them according to the directions on the label. Never mix chemicals as they may produce dangerous fumes. Use gloves when cleaning with disinfectants and never apply them to the skin. Wash hands after using a disinfectant to remove the chemicals from your hands.

If you are concerned about your aging relative’s home being safely disinfected during the coronavirus pandemic, home care can help. A home care provider can disinfect surfaces in the older adult’s home using the disinfectants you provide according to the directions on the label. In addition, if the senior has a cognitive impairment, such as dementia, the home care provider can make certain chemicals are locked up after use to ensure they don’t pose a hazard to your loved one.


If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care Services in Palm Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920

Sources
Cdc.gov
Webmd.com
Epa.gov