If your loved has undergone a stem-cell transplant, their immune system is going to be compromised for quite some time. That's because the process of stem-cell transplantation destroys the immune system in order for a new, healthier immune system to develop. Until your loved one's immune system is fully restored, they'll be susceptible to infections and illnesses that their body won't be able to fight off. Before your loved one is released from the hospital, you'll need to make sure that your home is clean and ready for them. Here are some steps you should follow to make sure that home is a safe place for your loved one to return to after their transplant.
Clean the House
Before your loved one is discharged from the hospital, you'll need to make sure that the main living areas of your home are clean and sanitized. Focus your attention on the areas of the house where your loved one will be spending time during those first few weeks.
Kitchen and Bathroom
The kitchen and bathroom pose a particularly serious threat to your loved one's compromised immune system. That's because those are the areas where mold and mildew are most likely to be lurking. Sweep the entire surface of the floors, including under the stove and behind the refrigerator. Next, mop the floors using a solution of bleach and water. Fill the bucket with warm water, and add about ½ cup of liquid bleach to clean the bathroom and kitchen floors. In the bathroom, pay close attention to the toilets, sinks and bathtubs.
Once you start on the bedroom, you'll want to vacuum the carpeting thoroughly, including along the baseboards. Wash the windows and wipe down the windowsills. You'll also want to wash the bedding and place a protective cover on the mattress.
When cleaning the living room, be sure to vacuum the carpeting, and the upholstered furniture, thoroughly, and dust all the furniture. You'll want to wash the windows, as well.
Stock Up on Essentials
Your loved one may want to see visitors once they get home. If the doctor gives the go-ahead for visits, you'll want to stock up on some essentials. The items you'll want to have on-hand include disposable gloves, medical face masks, and hand sanitizer. It's also a good idea to impose a shoes-off policy to prevent germs from getting tracked onto the carpeting. Be sure to keep the visitor supplies next to the door for easier access.
If your loved one has had a stem-cell transplant, make sure your home is prepared for their return. Be sure to speak to a doctor, such as at Motor City Stem Cell , about other ways to keep your loved one safe once they come home from the hospital.Share