Prepare To Care For Covid-19: Checklist For Nursing Homes & Home Care Services
Today’s post explains all the steps that the Executive Care team is taking to keep business owners and clients safe while still providing essential senior care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 Changing The Face Of Home Care Services
Ever since the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic, the business world has been shrouded in uncertainty. Mandated anti-pandemic practices like social distancing and self isolation forcing many companies to completely overhaul their operations for the next few months. Other businesses are being shut down outright. But few industries will be affected quite like the senior care business, which runs on daily contact with those most vulnerable to the virus.
Don’t worry: the Executive Care team is taking all necessary precautions to fight the spread of COVID-19 while still offering essential senior care services. In addition to expanding our remote service offerings, postponing unnecessary travel, increasing handwashing, and adopting social distancing practices, we’re implementing all of the CDC’s recommendations to keep our clients and owners safe.
Anti-pandemic Protocol: Nursing Home And Home Care Service Checklist
The following checklist highlights key areas that long-term care facilities and home care service providers should consider implementing as part of their anti-pandemic protocols. Though this list does not describe mandatory requirements or standards, these practices are highly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for any home care businesses that continue offering their essential services during this trying time.
- Has a multidisciplinary planning committee, emergency/disaster preparedness team, or business continuity plan been created to specifically address COVID-19 anti-pandemic protocols?This plan should include measures to protect residents, healthcare personnel, and visitors from respiratory infections. For nursing homes and home care providers serving clients in those environments, this plan should have a clear process for inter-facility transfers. Monitoring systems should be in place, along with infection control policies outlining that align with the CDC’s Transmission-Based Precautions. Finally, your plan needs to identify key public health points of contact that must be informed of any potential outbreaks.
- Is there a copy of your anti-pandemic plan available at the facility and accessible by all staff?
- Is all contact information for family members, guardians of facility residents, clients, staff, and local public health institutes/entities up to date?
- Does the nursing home or home care provider provide necessary supplies and resources, including alcohol-based hand sanitizer, handwashing stations/equipment, signs posted indicating appropriate IPC and PPE precautions, tissues/facemasks near entrances and in common areas, no-touch receptacles for disposal, etc?
- Does the nursing home or home care service provider implement leave policies that are non-punitive, flexible, and consistent with public health policies that allow potentially ill or “exposed” healthcare personnel to stay home?
Get In Touch With The Executive Care Team
It’s an era of uncertainty, so it’s only natural that you may have more questions about how to safely operate your senior care business during this pandemic. Give us a call at 1 (855) 393-2372 or visit the Executive Care Franchise website to set up a talk with our team.