Coronavirus: Baudry Therapy focusing on Healthy Habits at home and at work

With the growing concern over the spread of the Coronavirus, we feel it is important to keep our patients informed of the steps we take daily to maintain a safe environment in the clinic.  While these measures aren’t necessarily new, we know that communication is essential during these confusing times.

Our priority is always the health and safety of our patients and employees. We urge our patients to focus on healthy habits that will help keep you, your family and your co-workers safe.

Healthy Habits at Home

We all know that washing your hands thoroughly, keeping your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth, and staying home if you are feeling sick are common sense ways to prevent the spread of the virus.  But just as important, you should be focused on other personal healthy habits:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Be physically active
  • Manage your stress
  • Drink plenty of water, less alcohol
  • Eat nutritious food

If you keep your body healthy, it can work harder to fight off any virus that may come.

Healthy Habits at Work

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued enhanced cleaning guidelines, so read up on the latest recommendations to ensure you’re properly disinfecting all surfaces, equipment, and electronic screens. And let your members know the steps you’re taking to keep them safe. Communication is key in an otherwise confusing time.

Cleaning guidelines for surfaces

Follow these CDC guidelines to ensure that your equipment and other surfaces are as clean as possible.

  • Clean frequently. Cleaning and disinfection activities are recommended to occur after each busy hour in the facility, a minimum of three times per day — morning, midday, and evening. All cleaning activities should be logged in your organization’s equipment cleaning schedules, including the details of the product being used (name, concentration, etc.).
  • Wear gloves.Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. Reusable gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and shouldn’t be used for other purposes.
  • Wash your hands. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • Pre-clean dirty surfaces. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Disinfect with alcohol.For disinfection, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A list of products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries, is available on their website. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method, and contact time, etc.).
  • Remove visible contamination.For soft (porous) surfaces, such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination, if present, and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning, launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely, or use products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims (see list) that are suitable for porous surfaces.

Recommended Disinfection Products for Fitness Centers

In accordance with the CDC recommendations, Baudry Therapy Center is using Signet Neutral Disinfectant (DS1) and Oxivir for our clinic disinfection. Here’s a bit about each.

  • Signet Neutral Disinfectant (DS1): This broad-spectrum, one-step surface disinfectant and cleaner helps maintain a sanitary health care environment. It’s great for use in common areas, hallways, and workspaces, and it doesn’t need to be rinsed when used on food contact surfaces. DS1 specifically protects against Human Coronavirus.
  • Oxivir:This hospital-grade disinfectant is formulated with accelerated hydrogen peroxide technology to deliver fast-acting, broad-spectrum disinfection with enhanced cleaning power. It can be used to disinfect hard surfaces or soft surfaces, such as carpets, cushions, and curtains. Learn more about this product and check out the user guide.

Cleaning guidelines for electronic equipment

The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting electronics (e.g., laptops, tablets, keyboards, phones, peripherals) routinely using products with the EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims.

Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products. Consult with the manufacturer about guidance on products appropriate for disinfecting devices and touch screens, and consider additional use of wipeable covers for machines, if possible.  If no guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol to clean device buttons and touch screens. Use of alcohol-based products may reduce risk of damage to sensitive components.

Our Pledge

We assure you that we are taking this situation very seriously, and your safety and well-being at Baudry Therapy Center is our utmost concern. We will continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation and communicate with you routinely. We are here, and open, to assist our clients as needed.

BRIO 2020 Vision: Setting SMART Goals for a Healthier YOU

As this decade comes to an end and a bright, new one begins, it is the perfect time to reflect on 2019 accomplishments and explore new goals for 2020.  But this year, we challenge you to add an element of 2020 Vision to your goal setting. What exactly does that mean?  We think it means finding specific inspiration for your goals – we call it BRIO!  It’s the vim, vigor, vitality that inspires you to live a full life of BRIO!  And we want to help create a clear path for a healthier YOU!

Our team of movement experts will help you take stock of the experiences that were most energizing and inspiring for you during 2019. Those moments reflect your values and strengths and will become the building blocks from which you can create your 2020 vision.  Here are a few steps to help you begin:

Set Clear SMART Goals

While we all have great intentions, the only way to truly achieve your dreams is to set clear goals. Most of our accomplishments in life start as ideas, which get refined into goals. Then, commitment and a strategically planned out action plan are what ultimately bring about success. Your roadmap to more BRIO in 2020 starts here.

Get a note pad and answer the following question:

  1. What do you really want to achieve in 2020?  Dig deep, dream big, and write down some ideas. Be creative, and without limit. What inspires you?
  2. Do you want to run faster, run a marathon? Or is it to get rid of back pain, lose weight, or look better in the mirror? Or maybe to graduate from college? Use the answer to this question to start setting goals.
  3. Take the most important wants and write a SMART goal: That is a goal that is Specific,  Measurable,  Attainable,  Relevant/results-oriented, and Timely.

Here is a sample goal: I will run one 10K race each quarter this year, and one-half marathon this year, to become an advanced runner, lose 15 pounds, and to be able to ski this Mardi Gras season.

Now check to see if it is a SMART goal:

Is this goal Specific? 

Have I answered the “W” questions?

  • Who is involved?  Me, my running shoes, and the road.
  • What do I want to accomplish?  To run four 10k and 1 half marathon, lose 15 pounds, and be ready to ski during Mardi Gras.
  • Where will this happen? At the four 10k’s and one-half marathon selected.
  • When will this happen? One race each quarter ending in December.
  • Which requirements and restraints will be part of the process? I will sign up for races in each quarter.
  • Why am I setting this goal? To become an accomplished runner, lose 15 pounds, and be in shape for skiing during Carnival.

Example of a Non-SMART Goal: I want to run more races to lose weight. This is not specific.

 Is this goal Measurable? 

  • How many? Four 10k races and one-half marathon.
  • How will I know when it is accomplished? When I finish my last race.
  • What is at the finish line? December 31, 2020 (complete my goals, lost weight and able to ski)

Is this goal Action Oriented/ Attainable:

Ask yourself is this goal realistic? Yes, I have been an off and on runner for the past four years. I run about 6 miles per week currently. With a proper training schedule, I should be able to achieve these goals within the year.  I am at least 85% confident I can accomplish this goal.

Is this goal Realistic/ Results-oriented:

Yes, this goal is to become an accomplished runner, lose 15 pounds and to be able to ski during Mardi Gras. This goal results-oriented and is important to me.

Does this goal have Time constraints?

Yes, it must be achieved by the end of the year.

Through this exercise, we’ve determined that we have a SMART Goal.

Do you need help developing your SMART goals?  Let our team of physical therapists help you elevate your BRIO in 2020. Call today to book your  PT evaluation.