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Center taking flu precautions

By Ashley Crownover

Henrietta Care Center has had a wonderful 2013 so far!

Congratulations to the Care Provider of the Month, Tiffany Pease, and Employee of the Month, Lindle Hodges, for the month of January 2013. Both Tiffany and Lindle are CNAs at Henrietta Care Center. We are very thankful to have them on our team. They are wonderful employees and friends.

On Monday, Jan. 7, we had an assortment of hot teas available for all to enjoy in honor of January being National Hot Tea Month. We had an activity titled Winter Crafts on Tuesday the 8th in which the residents made Styrofoam winter snowballs decorated with blue and silver glitter. We also played a game in which the residents got to guess how many marshmallows were in a container. Congratulations to Margie Battle for guessing very precisely at 533. A great time was had by all at both of these activities! You are always welcome to stop by and join in on our fun.

HCC’s monthly pot luck meal was Friday the 11th at noon. The theme was a winter wonderland, and we decorated the dining room with blue and silver. Chicken and dumplings, mixed vegetables, and winter snowflake cake was served. We are extremely grateful for the guests who joined us for the meal. Thank you for taking the time to enjoy our pot luck meal with us.

We want to thank our volunteers for all your hard work and dedication. Sarah Sears and Jane McRay come out on Wednesdays and Fridays. The First Baptist Youth Group comes out on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Thank you to the Cowboy Church sing-along group for coming out every other Saturday to sing with the residents. They truly enjoy it! We miss seeing Miss Kathy on Wednesdays for nails. We hope you are doing well!

It is flu season, and we are taking precautions to prevent an outbreak in our facility. The following prevention information is provided by TexasFlu.org. Please visit this website for more information on the flu virus including prevention, treatment and symptoms. Here are five simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting – or spreading – the flu:

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Wash hands frequently
  3. Cover coughs and sneezes
  4. Stay home if you’re sick
  5. Convince those around you to follow steps 1-4

You should also be certain to try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Have a wonderful week!


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