COVID-19 Policies

Our Protective Measures

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Personal Protective Equipment

To reduce the risk of transmission, our caregivers use personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, disposable gowns) at all times when they are providing you care.
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Social Distancing

Caregivers maintain a social or physical distance of at least six feet when in your home unless they need to be close to provide you personal assistance.
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Daily Q/A Screening

At each visit caregivers conduct a Q/A with you and those in your household in case there has been exposure to COVID-19 and protective measures need to be taken.
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Client Home Sanitization

At each visit, caregivers properly disinfect “high-touch” surface areas in client’s home such as kitchen counters, tabletops, doorknobs, toilets, phones, tablets).

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Implementing Client Protection

Caregivers ensure clients are masked in caregivers’ presence. We immediately contact client family members and health care team if client demonstrates COVID-19 symptoms.

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Strict Hand Sanitization

Caregivers follow a strict hand hygiene protocol using soap or hand sanitizer.

Client Education and Reminders

Caregivers regularly instruct and remind clients on COVID-19 protection best practices such as

Caregiver Self-Screen

Staff perform a daily self-screen for coronavirus symptoms and report to the Care Manager before starting their work shift. We provide you replacement caregivers if your regular caregiver is sick.

How We Protect You From COVID-19

Seniors are at greater risk of getting COVID-19 or coronavirus. Therefore, Care Companions has implemented comprehensive measures which are rigorously implemented to protect seniors from coronavirus. We believe that seniors are likely to be most safe living in their own homes supported by in-home caregivers instead of other housing arrangements such as residential facilities. Having an-home caregiver means that they can not only rely on the caregiver to buy their groceries and pick up prescriptive medicines but also provide personal care and companionship for their comfort and peace of mind.
A person infected with coronavirus may be asymptomatic i.e. have no symptoms of the condition.

Cough

Fatigue

Headache

Diarrhea

Sore throat

Muscle or body aches

New loss of taste or smell

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

What is COVID-19 or Coronavirus?

CDC (www.cdc.gov) explains that the Coronavirus is contagious and spreads when people come in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes or by touching one’s mouth or nose after direct contact with an infected surface.

Coronavirus symptoms may appear within 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include.

A person infected with coronavirus may be asymptomatic i.e. have no symptoms of the condition.

Groups Vulnerable to COVID-19

Our Protective Measures

To reduce the risk of transmission, our caregivers use personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, disposable gowns) at all times when they are providing you care.
Caregivers maintain a social or physical distance of at least six feet when in your home unless they need to be closer to provide you personal assistance.

At each visit caregivers conduct a Q/A with you and those in your household in case there has been exposure to COVID-19 and protective measures need to be taken.

  1. They also observe you for symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or smell etc. and are well-versed in the protocols to be followed for your safety and the safety of other household members in case symptoms exist.
  2. In case there are symptoms of a respiratory virus (difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in chest, bluish lips or face etc.), caregivers will isolate client from others and steps will be taken to get you necessary medical help.
  3. During the pandemic we are still ensuring effective communication with clients and obtaining feedback virtually.

Caregivers wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer especially before they start performing services in your home you have been in a public place, after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing or after using the toilet.

On each visit, caregivers properly disinfect “high-touch” surface areas in client’s home such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
  1. Caregivers ensure clients are masked while they are providing care.
  2. In case client demonstrates symptoms, we immediately alert client’s family and medical team provider and follow CDC-prescribed protocols such as client isolation from other family members.
  3. Instruct on using tissue when coughing or sneezing and to place used tissues immediately in plastic bag for disposal in regular trash.

Caregivers regularly instruct and remind clients on COVID-19 protection best practices such as

  1. Wash hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Wash or sanitize hands before eating, after coming home or getting in car after being in a store, doctor’s office, etc.
  3. Wash hands after using the toilet.
  4. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if unable to wash hands.
  5. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  6. Cough/sneeze into your sleeve, preferably into your elbow. Dispose used tissue in a trash can and sanitize your hands immediately.
  7. Use tissue or paper towel if you have to touch commonly touched surfaces
  8. Use disinfectant to wipe down all “high-touch” surfaces daily (such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables)
  9. Practice 6 feet of “physical distancing” outside of your house and even in your home with person who are not household members such as caregivers
  10. Ensure your vehicle, work materials, and clothing are cleaned every day.
  11. Get the recommended vaccines e.g. flu shot.
  12. Open windows regularly to ensure open ventilation.
  13. Friends and family with cold or flu-like symptoms should not visit.
  1. Staff perform a daily self-screen for respiratory infection symptoms and report to the Care Manager before starting their work shift.
  2. Staff with symptoms are not sent to your home. Instead, we provide you replacement caregivers

Commitment to Strengthen Bonds of Love

Our hope is that with the interest and willingness of clients, other special needs young adults would also volunteer at seniors’ homes to spread love and joy.