Home Helpers Home Care® is regularly training and updating our Caregivers and agencies across the country on how to protect Clients and Caregivers from COVID-19. As an essential part of the healthcare system, our Caregivers can help minimize the exposure seniors and those with medical conditions have to the virus.
As part of our safety protocols, new additions have been developed to help reduce the risk of exposure for Clients and Caregivers alike. These steps happen prior to every shift a Caregiver completes and upon leaving each client’s home.
Before Each Shift
Each day before our exceptional Caregivers can begin their day, they go through a safety screening to ensure they are safe to be in your home and that they have not been exposed to COVID-19. This includes:
If the answers to any of these variables showcase any element of risk to our clients, that Caregiver is placed on a 14-day paid, quarantine. Home Helpers also stores all of this data, to look for any potential issues that could arise.
Once cleared to proceed with work, the Caregiver will come into the home, and immediately wash their hands. Throughout their time in the home you will see the Caregiver continue to wash their hands frequently, especially before and after preparing food, or providing personal care. According to the CDC, proper and frequent hand washing is the number one thing anyone care do in the prevention of this virus.
At the End of Each Shift
At the end of shift, Home Helpers Caregivers disinfect all frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, counters, remotes, light switches) and wash their hands thoroughly before leaving the home.
Sheltering in Place
With many of the states, requiring non-essential workers to work from home and to shelter in place, many of us are doing our part to help the spread of COVID-19. But what does that mean for Home Care Caregivers. Caregivers are seen as essential employees. Home Helpers Caregivers make sure clients have food, prescriptions, hygiene care and companionship. By helping our clients remain safely at home, Home Helpers reduces the exposure our clients have to this virus. Reduced exposure means, reduced spread. The CDC along with state governments recognize the work Home Helpers does, reduces the number of potential cases and reduces the stress on our hospitals and healthcare systems overall.