23 Mar Your Safety Matters to Us
With a Little Help believes the safest place is your home. Our highest priority as always is the well-being of our clients and our caregivers. Our goal is to continue to provide excellent quality and continuity of care in YOUR HOME while being pro-active in flattening the curve of the spread of COVID-19.
Best Practices to Ensure Best Outcomes
With a Little Help’s caregivers already follow infection control procedures and we have been regularly communicating with our caregivers to take a heightened level of precautions by practicing social distancing, hand washing more often, using sanitizer, disinfecting spray, wipes, and properly covering a sneeze or cough (Spring is in the air and these do still happen).
We are following local, state, and federal agencies recommendations to adjust our protocols for caregivers.
Our approach to limit the spread of COVID-19 includes:
- Reporting possible exposure or symptoms to COVID-19 (such as fever, dry cough/shortness of breath (that is unusual to their typical respiratory condition) in the last 14 days to our Care Coordinators IMMEDIATELY)
- Not reporting to work if they are sick
- Contacting our Care Coordinators if a client is symptomatic of COVID-19 (such as fever, dry cough/shortness of breath (that is unusual to their typical respiratory condition) in the last 14 days
- Perform hand hygiene, prior to, during and after each visit, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Wipe all high touch surfaces with disinfectant including kitchen counters, dining tables, other tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures (toilet seat, toilet handle, sink and fixtures, phones, keyboards and remotes at the beginning and end of every shift.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from client and others as much as possible. Limit close personal contact to necessary ADLs.
- Avoid touching surfaces or objects within the home as much as possible. Wash hands after touching any frequently touched surfaces that haven’t been wiped down.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and discard after each use. Ask client/others to do the same.
- At any time during a face-to- face interaction if it becomes apparent that a client has a fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing (in the absence of another respiratory diagnosis), encourage them to call their medical professional and advise your supervisor.
- Notify Care Coordinators of and follow temporary measures put in place by communities and skilled nursing communities that we provide service in.
- Prepare for mandated isolation/quarantine periods of up to 14 days
- Remain home for 72 hours following the end of symptoms, even without confirmed diagnosis or exposures to COVID-19
- Planning for emergency, including back-up childcare
- Call the Care Coordinators if you they have ANY questions or concerns. We are here to support our team!