As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, people everywhere are staying indoors to limit the total number of infections and protect those most vulnerable to the disease. One group that isn’t staying at home is in-home caregivers. These essential healthcare workers are on the frontlines of this battle every day as they care for senior citizens. While older Americans are at a higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 complications, those receiving in-home care are fortunately in a low-risk environment. As such, Generations Home Care is committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring our client’s homes remain safe and healthy. With those goals in mind, we’re taking the following steps:
Ongoing Caregiver Screening
Our efforts begin with daily health screenings of all our employees. Before a caregiver starts their shift, they must answer a series of questions that align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for infection prevention and control of coronavirus.
Have you or a member of your household:
- Been experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
- Traveled out of the country within the last 14-18 days?
- Been in close contact with anyone who has been tested, diagnosed, or told by a medical professional they may have COVID-19?
- Encountered anyone who has traveled overseas or to a high-risk area within the last 14-18 days?
Additionally, we’re asking our caregivers to check their temperatures as part of this daily screening process. If our caregivers answer “no” to all four questions and are not running a fever, they can start work. If they answer “yes” to any of these questions, our caregivers will consult with management for further guidance.
The “Power of Five” Starts at Home
Ensuring our staff is healthy is only step one. We’re also joining the Home Care Association of America by participating in the “Power of Five” campaign. By taking five critical steps every day, caregivers across the country can protect their client’s health by preventing their exposure to COVID-19. These steps include:
- Washing hands frequently.
- Disinfect surfaces routinely.
- Check clients for fever and symptoms daily.
- Maintain a safe distance always.
- Check-in regularly.
By instituting these measures, Generations Home Care can confidently send caregivers into senior’s homes. While there, these caregivers will help seniors with the tasks of daily living and improve their quality of life. What’s more, our caregivers can provide a valuable extra set of eyes to monitor the health and wellness of a vulnerable population during these trying times. If yo’d like to learn more about our COVID-19 prevention efforts, or how we can benefit an older loved one in your life, please contact us today.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.
Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.