Feces and Urine Cleanup After an Elderly Person Falls and Can’t Get Up

In a perfect world, we would protect our elderly loved ones from all falls so they never injure themselves. This would be impracticable, however, and even with precautions taken, many older people fall every year. Thankfully, most people are found quickly but there are those who aren’t found for hours, even days. In these cases, feces and urine cleanup after they are found and taken care of is an important step to take.

People are left to urinate on the floor until found

While most falls are minor, some people are injured to the extent they are unable to get back up on their own. Injuries can include fractures, head injuries, loss of consciousness, and major lacerations. Until they are found, these folks are left to survive on the floor where they fell until someone does arrive to help. Not only can this be damaging to someone’s health with issues arising such as pneumonia, pressure sores, and dehydration, but a person is forced to urinate and defecate where they lie.

These body fluids pool on surfaces and soak into the carpet, subfloor, and down through the building structure layers. Not only does this damage the structure but disease-causing viruses and bacteria are left to infect anyone else in the area.

Once a person has been found and medically treated, then the urine, feces, blood, and other bodily fluids must be cleaned up and all surfaces disinfected so the safe living environment is restored for when or if the person returns to the space.

When professional cleanup is needed

Depending on the amount and type of body fluids, you may need professional biohazard cleaners to come in and clean the space where your loved one fell. With the disposal of body fluids strictly regulated by needed legal licenses and permits, only a profession biohazard team should handle disposal of blood-infected materials and fluids. Professional cleaners will not only leave all visible surfaces thoroughly cleaned but they will also know when fluids have leaked through multiple layers. With industrial-grade cleaners and skills honed through years of experience, professional cleaners such as those here at Georgia Clean will make sure all fluids have been removed and legally disposed of. They will then disinfect all surfaces and restore a safe living environment for your loved one.

Protecting yourself and your loved ones

Falls can be deeply damaging to a person’s health. Especially if they live alone, it can be a while before they are found. To protect yourself, family members, or friends from suffering such a fall, there are several precautions you can take.

  • Make sure all tripping hazards including some furniture have been removed from the floor so the space is clear for someone to walk
  • Install hand rails and supports wherever needed – especially in the bathroom or along stairways
  • Look into a medical alert system. You can wear a button you push if you need medical assistance. Companies vary in options, resources, and quality so shop around. Buttons for women include bracelets and necklaces as well.
  • Bring your cell phone with you everywhere you go so you can always call for help. If you don’t have a cell phone, you can install phone extensions in various rooms at a height you can reach from the floor.
  • If you are at risk for falling and live alone, arrange for a relative, friend, or neighbor to check in with you everyday along with providing them their own key if you don’t respond.

Even with these steps taken, some people don’t like to ask for help, are physically unable to do so, or are suffering from a cognitive impairment that hinders their ability to find help when needed. If a loved one hasn’t answered their phone or come to the door when you would expect them to, then you can call your local police to conduct a wellness check to make sure they are doing alright.

Georgia Clean provides professional urine and feces cleanup throughout Georgia

If a loved one has fallen and you need professional cleanup, Georgia Clean is always available for professional urine and feces cleanup throughout Georgia. Using the latest cleaning technology, we treat every person with compassion and respect as we quickly clean and restore the property. Available 24-7, we are always here to answer questions or provide a free quote and consultation.

Crime in Atlanta Is the Highest It’s Been in Two Decades

It doesn’t take many conversations with those living in Atlanta before realizing that violent crime is occurring at higher rates than it has for the last two decades. No matter who you are, you have likely been the victim of a crime yourself or know someone else who has experienced one against themselves or a loved one.

Atlanta Motorcycle PoliceA disturbing trend, especially with the additional stress of the pandemic and political unrest, this high rate of violence is concerning to all involved. According to the Atlanta Police Department, there were 154 murders in the city in 2020 alone. During the same time frame in 2019, there were only 95. In addition to murders, other violent crimes have risen sharply as well. By the end of the year, there were 692 reported shootings in the Atlanta area vs. 480 in 2019. This sharp rise in violent crime is a deeply disturbing trend.

While crime has risen in other cities as well such as New York, Philadelphia, and many other major cities across the United States, Atlanta is our home and what happens here affects us all.

Looking ahead to 2021

After such a violent year, city leaders are looking ahead to actions we can take as a community to prevent violence before it begins. Ideas include actions such as lowering turnover in the police department, nurturing a good relationship between police officers and the community at large, and ensuring people who commit violent acts are held accountable in the court of law.

Lowering the crime rate is not just one group’s responsibility, however. It’s going to take everyone in the community working together and cooperating to make our city a safer place to live and work. Police, business owners, judges, and regular community members need to each find ways we can turn the tide and lower this violent rise of crime across our beautiful city.

Georgia Clean is here to help with crime scene cleanup

If you’ve been the victim of a violent crime, we at Georgia Clean are here to help. Available 24/7, our staff at Georgia Clean are always here to serve the community with quality crime scene cleanup. With a stellar reputation for compassionate customer service, discreet work to protect your privacy, and flexibility to create a solution for your specific needs, we are the go-to crime scene cleanup company throughout the Atlanta, Georgia area.

With our extensive experience and the latest cleaning technology, we fully remove blood, bodily fluids, drug paraphernalia, and police investigation chemicals while restoring the area and making sure all surfaces are disinfected. Give us a call today. After asking a few quick questions so we understand the situation, we’ll come to your property and get right to work restoring your home or business so you can stay safe and focus on moving forward.

As crime scene cleanup is likely covered under your property insurance (check on your policy for specific coverage), we can even file the insurance claim on your behalf, so the entire cleanup process is hassle-free.

Georgia Clean Assists Cobb County Police After Accident

In recent news, a 29-year-old man entered the westbound lanes on Interstate 285 on foot early on a Thursday morning when he was instantly hit and killed by multiple vehicles. As numerous automobiles were involved in the accident, the scene was extensive. Our staff at Georgia Clean were honored to be called upon to assist Cobb County Police in the remediation and cleanup of their patrol car which was one of the vehicles involved in this tragedy.

Whether we work with first responders, private homeowners, or a local Georgia business, we are glad to be a part of helping those in our Atlanta community whenever events needing biohazard cleanup occur. In the midst of tragedy, we pride ourselves in offering top-notch service and compassionate care to all those affected by events involving biohazards such as blood, bodily fluids, urine, and feces. No matter the event or what kind of location needs to be cleaned, Georgia Clean has the experience and knowledge of how to clean a wide array of surfaces while restoring the property to pre-event conditions.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our emergency services are always available to clean up after any accident or crime that might occur, whether in a business, home, or automobile. Truly dedicated to our work and your well-being, our team at Georgia Clean are here to do the best job possible the first time so you can rest assured the area is truly clean and safe to occupy.

Georgia Clean is here to serve the community

Locally owned and operated, we work diligently for the ongoing health of our community in Cobb County and throughout the wider state of Georgia. If you find yourself dealing with a traumatic event resulting in biohazards, leave the cleanup to the professionals. Only someone thoroughly trained in how to properly clean up biohazards such as bodily fluids should undertake the task. Fully licensed and accredited, we strictly adhere to all local and federal rules and regulations set by OSHA, the EPD and the state of Georgia.

When you use our skilled team to clean up even the smallest amount of blood or other bodily fluids left behind after an accident, we ensure the safety of all those involved, anyone who may come into contact with the area later, and protect you from any future liability due to someone becoming sick down the road from improper cleanup.

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Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy

Due to the nature of our work, we often see people in some of the hardest moments of their lives. With deep compassion and professionalism, we treat every person with great respect and kindness. No matter the situation, we know the lives of those we work with may never be the same. Our thoughts are with the young man’s family and friends who lost their loved one and with all those affected by this accident.

Disease Management: Knowing Is Half the Battle

GI Joe’s motto is “Knowing is half the battle”. I have been in the crime, trauma and death scene business for 24 years. In doing this, unique needs have found their way to my door. Hoarding, teargas, meth labs and infectious disease management. All which were not part of my original business model. I personally choose to call it infectious disease management over control, because diseases evolve requiring more managing than control. Disease management found its way to my door starting in 2004 as SARS, and every 2 to 4 years its been something else from avian flu to MERS and now COVID-19. Each evolution requires tweaking and understanding of what you are walking into. It also includes being honest and not taking advantage of a client vs. chasing a dollar. An ICRA certification is a must in this area. I was laughed at when I got mine, was told it was a waste of time and money, but who is laughing now. Again, knowing is half the battle. Look soon for a virtual basic understanding course of what is going on. Are you properly equipped? Do you know what EPA approved product to use? Did you know that there are only a small few EPA approved products that can be used in an electrostatic sprayer? I did not know that until I took my ICRA course. PLEASE DO NOT, chase a dollar to take a chance of bringing something home that will impact your babies and will change your life. God bless.

Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones from the Flu

With how common the flu is every winter, it can be easy to pass it off as a relatively minor disease. However, every year people are hospitalized with the flu and some even die. Those most at risk are older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with a variety of other chronic medical conditions. Currently, we are at the height of the flu season which typically takes place in February and so we each need to be extra careful with our health and with the health of our loved ones.

As a news agency recently reported, fifteen people have already died from the disease this winter in Georgia alone and the outbreak isn’t over yet. Last
year, one of the worst flu seasons in recent history, 154 people in Georgia died due to flu-related issues. Not a virus to take lightly, it’s important to protect ourselves and our loved ones from catching the virus. Some of the best precautions we can take include:

  • Obtaining the flu vaccine every year from a local health provider: Getting everyone in your family vaccinated against the flu is one of the best ways to protect yourself. Available every year, it includes the common strains and while it is not full proof, if a vaccinated person does contract the flu, it will be of shorter duration and less severity.
  • Washing hands: We use our hands so often to touch other people and objects then touch our face that it’s one of the most common ways to come into contact with the virus. It’s important then to regularly and thoroughly wash our hands. To do this, run your hands under hot water and rub vigorously with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying them off with a clean towel.
  • Keeping surfaces clean and disinfected: Using a strong disinfectant, continually wipe down surfaces in your home, school, or business according to the directions on the bottle in order to keep the virus from spreading.
  • Staying home if you aren’t feeling well : If you aren’t feeling well and think you are coming down with the flu, consult your doctor and stay home so you don’t spread the virus.
  • If necessary, call in professional cleaners to disinfect your home, business, or school: Sometimes the virus is so prevalent in a location such as a school or business that professional cleaners need to be called in to thoroughly clean, disinfect, and sanitize the entire area so the virus isn’t spread any further.

Flu Symptoms

The flu typically comes on all at once. You can feel fine in the evening then wake up feeling terrible. The symptoms of the flu include:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever or feeling feverish/ chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

If you have come down with the flu, consult with your doctor for treatment, especially if symptoms worsen or if you have another chronic health condition.

As we continue through the winter, take care of yourself and your loved ones by eating well, getting lots of rest, and taking care of yourself if you become sick.

Flu Disinfection

If you need help disinfecting your home, school, or business, or have any questions, we at Georgia Clean are always here to help.