The Sick Room
To Avoid sweeping, wipe the carpet with a damp cloth wrung from clean water; in contagious disease, put creolin in the water. Ventilate the room thoroughly each day; when stormy weather prevents the usual opening of a window, raise the lower sash and stretch a piece of flannel across the open space, using thumb tacks to fasten it to the window frame and casement. To cool the room, hand large thick wet cloths in the windows and door. To sweeten the sick room, burn orange peel,
on a shovel; it will immediately leave a pleasant odor.
To Change Bed Linen
To change bed linen without disturbing the patient much, fold the sheet in narrow, lengthwise folds; roll the patient on his side and, as you let out a fold on the clean sheet, cover the edge of the bed on the side toward the patient's back, and keep the soiled sheet shoved loose, ahead of the other as you let it out fold by fold, until the patient's back is reached; then roll him on to the clean place, pull off the other and finish placing the clean one.
Sick Room Hints
This section of the cookbook courtesy of the 1939 8th edition of the Willing Workers Cookbook.
Published at Sumneytown, PA by the Willing Workers Society. Folk remedies from almost 100 years ago.
The Sick Bed
Do not have patient's bed face a window, for even with the shade down the light is likely to cause headache. Rest and sleep are so needful to gain strength, that the patient should not be awakened, even for medicine, unless the physician orders it.
Do not allow visitors, if they excite the patient. Do not sit on the bed.