Caring for an ill person at home

The Minnesota Department of Health offers these basic guidelines for caring for a sick person in your home. Following these suggestions can protect you and other household members from getting sick.

Prevent the spread of infection

Cleaning your hands frequently is the best way to prevent spreading infection. This is especially important after touching the ill person or items in their room that have nose or mouth secretions, vomit, feces or urine on them.

Be sure the sick person drinks enough fluids

Preventing dehydration is the most important thing you can do for the sick person.

Know the signs of dehydration

Know when to call a health care provider

Watch for worsening illness and call a healthcare provider immediately if the ill person:

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Last updated Sep 27, 2011