A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Learn more about the virus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Assisting Hands Home Care has put the following procedures in place and are taking the following actions to protect our clients and caregivers:
- A mandatory two-week quarantine period for any patient or caregiver that has been ill, released from the hospital/rehabilitation facility or traveling.
- Training for our caregivers to identify symptoms.
- All caregivers must complete a screening process for themselves and the client upon arrival at the client’s home. Caregivers will report any symptoms to the office staff.
- We put additional infection control procedures and training in place so the caregiver and client will know what to do after the symptoms are identified.
- Providing masks, gloves and sanitizers to caregivers.
- If a client has had a possible exposure, we stop service to that client. We then contact trace to ensure the health of all caregivers who have been in contact with the client.
- Caregivers who have been exposed to the virus must quarantine and be tested with the test results submitted to the office. The caregiver cannot return to work until a negative test result has been submitted.
The CDC has a special resource page and a What Older Adults Need to Know video that provides education about risk factors and disease prevention for older citizens. Eight out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the United States have been among adults aged 65 years and older. DailyCaring.com has COVID-19 FAQ questions for seniors and their caregivers. Visit our Quick Facts blog.
If you are unsure if you have been exposed or have symptoms, contact your doctor or local medical professional for guidance and before going to their office. We are available if you need additional assistance.
Stay up to date with the CDC, state and local guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Know the symptoms of COVID-19, which can include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. The CDC has information about COVID-19 vs. flu and flu vs. cold.
CDC VIDEO: Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019