Every year an estimated 12 million Americans who are infirm, chronically ill or disabled depend on some form of in-home care, according to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC). Many are 65 or older and have serious underlying medical conditions, placing them in the high-risk category for severe illness or death if they contract the novel coronavirus.
But, social distancing can be hard during in-home care, often requiring close contact for tasks like feeding, bathing, and grooming. The reason these professionals are working and entering people’s homes is because those people need help and care, and those needs don’t go away during a pandemic.
There are many extra safety precautions that can be taken to minimize the potential damage of in-home care during a pandemic:
- Monitor the temperature of you and/or your staff before and after every visit.
- Make sure you and/or your staff have not been in a high-exposure high-risk area.
- Wear goggles, gloves, and masks.
- Perhaps you can also cut down some visits to telecare/video call, ensuring your patients have what they need without exposing them
- Regularly wash clothes
- Disinfect surfaces in your home and your car
All these steps can be taken to ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 for your patients. In-home care is a very serious and integral part of some people’s lives, and for some is even required. We thank our healthcare professionals for the work they do everyday and wish they stay safe.