You have probably received many notices and seen much in the news regarding Coronavirus safety. This CDC link is a good authority, and California information is here. These bullet points are intended to summarize key interventions we are implementing to prioritize the safety of our clients and staff.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks have been provided to all staff and clients, additional PPE will be provided and in some cases required as appropriate.
- As essential services, we are continuing our full operations. Our staff have been issued Travel Authorization Letters to present to law enforcement should transit become restricted.
- Our office is operating with skeleton staff and everyone is fully equipped to work remotely.
- Frequent reminders to our staff about notification of their travel, symptoms, or exposure to symptoms. Upon clocking into any shift every Home Care Aide is screened for these three possibilities.
- Weekly web video conference with Home Care Aides for disseminating new information, reminding about safety protocols, and answering questions and concerns.
- Staff sick pay available, with sick time encouraged and mandated as appropriate.
- Nurses on staff to adapt to any changes.
- Collaboration with local Doctor(s) for testing staff as needed
- Schedules have been reviewed and rearranged to minimize the number of clients each Home Care Aide serves.
- We are committed to safety, with vigilance, open communication, and transparency.
Finding the right senior care for a loved one is overwhelming.
And with recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, this stress can be unimaginable.
At Coast Care Partners, We Dedicate Our Lives
To Protecting Our Seniors with Compassionate In-Home Care
We understand your anxiety.
Finding the right Home Care Aide (HCA) for an aging loved one is never easy. But with the spread of Coronavirus, this search has never been more stressful.
You deserve to be informed and assured before making a decision.
What You Should Know: Homecare During Coronavirus
This virus has shined a light on the immeasurable value of in-home care.
Home caregiving and care management allows seniors to stay safely at home. HCAs run any necessary errands that would expose clients to the public in times of widespread illness.
The spread of illness is easier to prevent from home. Without visitors coming in and out of a facility, elderly clients easily practice social distancing and minimize interaction with the general public.
Families can still see their loved ones in times of social distancing. Using best practices with your in-home care provider, you won’t have to worry about being kept from your loved one due to quarantines and social distancing.
Coast Care Partners: Protecting Our Seniors During COVID-19 and Beyond
Before the Coronavirus spread, our team set high standards for not only compassionate care, but also health and safety. In the wake of COVID-19, we are taking extra measures to ensure our clients’ continued wellness:
Maintaining Social Distance with Clients
While the CDC recommends a six foot distance from others at all times, this isn’t always possible when there is a need for personal care. However, as appropriate, our HCAs maintain social distancing and safety through:
- Washing hands and putting on gloves before contact with the client
- Wearing a mask or other available personal protective equipment for personal care and close contact
- Putting a mask on clients if he or she is symptomatic
- Limiting talking during close contact
- Walking away (when possible) and covering coughs
- Performing personal care quickly and efficiently to minimize time in contact
- Washing hands immediately after removing gloves
- Encouraging clients to wash hands frequently throughout the day
Preventing the Spread
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, HCAs and family members are instructed to:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact with other people, maintaining a six-foot distance
- Stay home when sick and self-isolate for fourteen days
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Keep the immune system strong: rest, eat a balanced diet, and get some sort of exercise
Sanitizing and Disinfecting Protocols
According to the CDC, transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites; however, COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces.
Therefore our HCAs practice disinfection as a measure to prevent COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses:
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces each day
- Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection
- Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface
Coast Care Partners: Our Elderly Care Has Always Been Different
When you invite us to join your caregiving team, you’re not just hiring home care aides—you’re partnering with a team of compassionate professionals devoted to helping our seniors age in peace and comfort.
Combined, our management team has industry-related experience in all areas of senior care, including caregiving, care management, human resources, nursing, social work, skilled nursing, and hospice.
And while our safety measures have adapted to this shift, our deep commitment and care is stronger than ever. It is a privilege to care for family members who become our own.
In time, the anxiety of Coronavirus will pass; but our dedication will always remain.
If You’re Seeking Senior Care for a Loved One in This Time of Uncertainty, We Are Happy to Gently Walk You Through Our Caregiving Services
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