Home care, self care and aging in place can present risk of infection, cross contamination and unsanitary conditions related to toileting and general cleanliness. Personal hygiene pertains to the hygiene tools and practices that prevent or minimize disease and the spreading of disease in the home and all sites of care.
Hygiene in home and everyday life settings plays an important part in preventing spread of infectious diseases. It includes procedures used in a variety of domestic situations such as hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, food and water hygiene, general home hygiene (hygiene of environmental sites and surfaces), and home healthcare (the care of those who are at greater risk of infection).
The use of bedpan, commode and urinal liners helps contain and eliminate contamination. Odor control is another important consideration often managed using charcoal filters for colostomy bags, underwear, etc. The use of toileting aids such as Bottom Buddy allows an extended reach while keeping contamination at arms length.