COVID-19 Policies and Resources
Below you will find useful from Home Helpers and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
BE LEADERS IN THE PREVENTION OF COVID-19, PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY
With the rise in COVID-19 cases, WEARING A MASK AND FOLLOWING CAREGIVER PROTOCOLS IS NOW MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. Doing so will protect you and your family, our clients and their families, your coworkers and their families, and the community at large.....ESPECIALLY our seniors who are very vulnerable to COVID-19. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it must be a community effort. The thought that "my client doesn't have COVID-19" gives us a reason to not wear masks is not the appropriate way to look at the situation. A person that tests negative today could very well test positive tomorrow.
Mask Policy (6-foot rule)
Masks must be worn when within 6 feet of a client or others in the household and/or during meal preparation. However, the following are exceptions where masks must be worn at all times:
- When working for a client who lives in a facility/community where masks are required at all times (house rules).
- When working for a client where the client or their family requests mask usage at all times during the shift. Please respect their house rules. If you are not sure, ASK.
Please continue to follow our Caregiver Protocols such as frequent handwashing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces upon entering a client's home.
BE LEADERS in this effort: Be diligent in wearing your masks and following our caregiver protocols. I cannot stress this enough. - Jonathan
Mask Usage for Clients
Masks are being distributed to all clients. Please request that each client wear one whenever you are going to be within six feet and/or providing direct hand-on personal care. This not only helps protect them but will be an additional measure to protect you and your family. This request will be communicated to all clients and their families so we can all do our part to protect each other.
Click the link above to learn more about our caregiver protocols as it relates to frequent handwashing, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and other activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Supplies are available at the office
As always, if you need masks or other supplies, please arrange a time with the office to pick them up. We have disinfectant cleaner, gloves, and hand sanitizer at your disposal. In addition, if you feel you need more than a regular cloth mask, such as a KN95 mask or a facemask, please just ask.
ALWAYS follow Universal Precautions.
The Company has elected to provide eligible employees with emergency paid sick leave (“EPSL”) in accordance with the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) for certain qualifying reasons intended to aid in minimizing the spread of the virus associated with COVID-19. The federal government enacted EPSLA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EPSLA is effective only from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.