At Care at Home, our most important priority is the health and safety of our clients and their families. The threats posed by COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus disease 2019) are significant, and we still have so much to learn about the virus. We do know, according to the CDC, that older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions are more susceptible to severe symptoms that stem from the illness.
We understand you may have concerns about what we are doing to safeguard against these threats and provide the highest level of care to our clients.
Care at Home’s Response to the Threats Posed by the Coronavirus
- We participate in regular communications with regional and state health departments in Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as the CDC to ensure we have the latest information and guidance regarding COVID-19.
- We have trained and educated our caregivers on what is known about COVID-19, including symptoms to watch out for, steps to take when these symptoms are recognized, and reporting protocols.
- We are actively screening our caregivers to ensure they are following trained protocol during home visits, so they do not put you or your family at additional risk.
- We have made preparations to follow up with care providers and regional departments, as required. We also ask our clients and their caregivers to report any changes in health status to us so we can help them find the best care.
What Can Clients Do to Reduce Risk of Illness?
Although it is okay to feel fearful right now, we want all of you to know that you can take precautions to reduce your risk of becoming ill.
- Wash your hands as frequently as possible and try to stay six feet away from others. The CDC reports that transmission occurs primarily by person-to-person. This is why health experts agree that everyone should avoid gatherings of 50 or more and limit visitors.
- Social distancing is a highly effective way to slow down disease transmission and ensure our health system doesn’t get overwhelmed by too many new cases all at once.
- In addition to limiting visitations and avoiding large gatherings, we would highly encourage you to maintain a minimum of a 14-day supply of medications, foods, and other supplies you need in your home at all times.
- Finally, we would urge you to get educated on the virus and announcements as they come in. Connecticut and Rhode Island have pages on their websites dedicated to COVID 19, and the CDC COVID-19 webpage is frequently updated as well.
We are doing everything we can to keep you and your family protected during this challenging time. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at our Connecticut or Rhode Island locations so we can best serve you.
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