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Take Care of Hardworking Hands

Hands that work hard and require frequent washing can end up dry, cracked and chapped, especially during the winter when the heat is on and the air is dry.

Once the skin starts to crack, it's difficult to treat because any lotion you apply gets into the cracks, which doesn't feel good. Having cracked, irritated hands isn't good for you and it isn't good for your clients. You can't exercise proper hand sanitation if you have open cracks on your hands.

But once that process has started, it can be difficult to reverse; therefore, it's easier to adopt a skincare plan that keeps your hands from getting to that point in the first place.
When you're a caregiver, your hands are among the most important tools you use to do your job. Use these tips to keep them healthy: 

What causes skin to chap and crack:
Hot water can do a lot of damage to your hands, as it strips them of their protective oils. That's why caregivers and others who work in the medical field tend to have trouble with their hands, because they wash them more often than the average person. The   CDC explains that a good way to remedy this is to keep a bottle of lotion next to the sink and to reapply throughout the day.

The CDC also emphasizes that using sanitizer is a good move. While it can also be drying to the skin because it's alcohol-based, it doesn't strip the skin like hot water can. Using a foamy sanitizer can help because the foaminess ensures that you use less of the product but you get the same results. 

Rubber gloves are your friends:   
Washing dishes, cleaning floors or surfaces without rubber gloves can be hard on your hands. In addition to hot water, dish soaps and cleaning products can also be harsh on the skin.
The trick is to find gloves that fit you well; then use one pair for dishes and a separate pair for cleaning. Sometimes we resist wearing rubber gloves because when they are big and clumsy, they slow us down. Good fit is key. Once you find your brand and your size, stick to it.

When you start wearing gloves regularly, your hands are likely to exhibit fast results. 

Find your lotion:
Try several types of lotion, and find your favorite. Even if it's a little pricey, it's worth it to protect your hands. Scrub's Magazine surveyed nurses about their favorite hand lotions. Their top choices: Burt's Bees Hand Repair Cream, Cetaphil, Lotil and Gloves in a Bottle. 

Oil up:  
Nighttime is probably the only time of day that your hands aren't busy. So take advantage of that opportunity to tend to your skin. Cuticles love oil, so make sure to give them some attention. Vaseline, Bag Balm or coconut oil work great. For some extra hand therapy, try sleeping with a pair of clean cotton socks on your hands-they lock in the moisture and will give those hard working hands some much-needed relief.    

We value all you do to serve our clients! In order to encourage and inspire you, we are going to send you educational emails like this one every month. We hope that you take a moment to read the information and incorporate it into your client interactions, as appropriate.

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Angels of the Month

Our Visiting Angels agency relies on the commitment and dedication of our caregivers. We are fortunate to work with so many of you who give our clients exceptional care! We love to take the opportunity each month to honor specific Angels from each office. As an extra token of our appreciation, each caregiver selected as Angel of the Month will receive a  $20 Gift Card from Kwik Trip.

Thank you for representing our office and our values so well in the homes of those you serve. We are honored to recognize the Angels of the Month - join us in congratulating them!

Appleton / Oshkosh / Sheboygan - 
Qiana Williams
Qiana has been a great asset to Visiting Angels since she started in November 2017.  In the short time she has been with us, Qiana has picked up many shifts at different times of the day or night.  She has great work ethic and compassion for caregiving.    Clients have complimented Qiana on her kindness and how she does her job very well.  Also, along with all her compassion, her beautiful smile as she walks into the room puts a smile on the client's face as well.  She makes people feel comfortable and relaxed.  Thank you Qiana for being a part of the Visiting Angels Team!

Beaver Dam - Sabrina Damian
Sabrina is a reliable and caring caregiver.  She is flexible with her schedule and returns the office phone calls ASAP.  She has been caregiving for over 10 years.  She first starting caring for friends in need and really didn't know it was a profession until that time.  She discovered she really enjoyed it and has been caregiving ever since.  She says that cleaning is her hobby - she really enjoys it!  Thanks for all you do Sabrina!

Fond Du Lac - Jackie Quade
Jackie has been with Visiting Angels since January of 2016. She came to us with lots of health care experience from being an EMT in the Ripon area for over 10 years. Jackie has a daughter and a son along with 3 lovely  granddaughters, who are the light of her world. She has been a great addition to the Fond du Lac office. She enjoys spending time with her clients on a 1:1 bases and can always bring a smile to our client's face. Thanks for your hard work Jackie!

With offices in Appleton, Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh & Sheboygan

Serving the following counties:
Calumet, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Marquette,Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupca, Waushara & Winnebago


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