UPDATE COVID-19: As families consider options for care during the COVID-19 outbreak, embracing social isolation and keeping seniors safely at home is the highest priority. Advocates for the Independent is responding with care solutions to embrace social isolation and mitigate the risks of infection. Whether you’re looking for care or just a resource to learn from us, we’re here to serve our community, so give us a call today.
We are offering live-in caregivers, conducting rigorous screenings, and instituting quarantine protocols to protect seniors from COVID-19.
Protecting Our Seniors from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advocates for the Independent is actively monitoring developments and guidance around the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to prepare diligently for all other precautionary measures as needed. Advocates for the Independent is committed to the senior population we serve and recommends families take all precautions when finding appropriate ways to provide care to aging loved ones and minimize the risks of COVID-19.
The last few weeks, we have provided our team with regular updates on best practices and other updates related to COVID-19, including hand washing techniques and other safety measures. Besides ongoing education, we are currently stocking up on items in the office that will be made available to your caregivers and care coordinators for their use in the field. These include:
Regular Employee Screenings
We will be conducting screenings of all our caregivers, care coordinators and other team members 2x per week for the next several weeks. We will continue to re-evaluate the ongoing frequency and necessity of these screenings. Every employee will be screened for the following risk factors, and all screenings will be documented:
Recent travel to countries with Level 3 or higher travel advisories by the U.S. State Department, where there are pronounced COVID-19 outbreaks
Exhibiting flu-like symptoms
Close contact (as defined by the CDC Guidelines) with someone who is believed to have COVID-19.
Any caregiver, care coordinator, or other team member who does not pass the above-mentioned screening will be immediately removed from all client shifts as a safety precaution and asked to self-quarantine for a 14-day period. An employee may only return to work if they are determined to no longer pose a risk to any client or other employee.
Protecting Clients in Their Homes
In addition to each client’s care plan, every caregiver and care coordinator will be required to follow safety precautions for every visit in a client’s home, including:
Wiping down all metal surfaces with disinfectant at the beginning and end of each visit
Ensuring the client’s and care provider’s regular and rigorous hand washing with anti-bacterial soap during the visit
Ensuring adequate hydration of the client
Offering Live-In Caregivers
For clients who wish to severely limit their exposure outside of their home, we are now offering the possibility of a live-in caregiver. The professional caregiver generally is not expected to provide care during the night, but is available to respond in an emergency, and as such, live-in care is not appropriate for clients needing nighttime assistance. To learn more, call us today.