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:

.

Last updated Sep 27, 2011

QUICK LINKS

Home

Contact us

Email updates

Find a service

About this site

For employees

Accessibility:
For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, contact 311.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.
TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 

CONNECT

311 call center

311 TTY relay service

City of Minneapolis Facebook City of Minneapolis Twitter City of Minneapolis YouTube ChaNNEL Minneapolis 311 Minneapolis 14 Government TV City of Minneapolis LinkedIn

Minneapolis, City of Lakes logo