At Chosen Family, our highest priority is always the safety and health of our clients, their families, and our employees. You may be thinking about discharging yourself or a loved one from a senior care community to be cared for at home due to the risk of a convalescent or group setting. We are here for you.
We are experts in home care and vulnerable populations like seniors and the disabled. Chosen Family can offer valuable understanding into the best way to care for your loved one through this unprecedented situation. Chosen Family caregivers are here to provide immediate support and care to our local Philadelphia, Pennsylvania community and their families. Contact us now.
Best practices and guidelines for safety and hygiene during the Coronavirus outbreak have been cemented with all Chosen Family staff and direct care workers.
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Some people are at higher risk of getting very ill from infection. Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions or otherwise compromised immunity are at the greatest risk from COVID-19.
Many home care clients’ age and/or health situations make them vulnerable to the disease. Therefore, it is crucially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk and the risk of your loved ones getting sick with the disease.
Chosen Family plan to ensure client safety
We regularly monitor and review guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We provide our management and staff with updates as they become available.
We have directed all caregivers and staff to follow enhanced procedures to ensure adequate disease prevention. These include:
● Avoid touching surfaces with your hands or other objects as much as possible. This includes such things as doorknobs, buttons on elevators, restroom surfaces, tables or menus, and other objects.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as much as possible.
● Wash your hands regularly with water and soap. This must occur for at least 20 seconds at a time. If soap is unavailable, then use hand sanitizer.
● Steep clear of close contact with individuals who are sick.
● You must stay home when you are sick or think you may be sick.
● Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue. Then, dispose of the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your arm, not your hands. Next, disinfect and clean the area as soon as possible.
● Disinfect and clean any objects or surfaces touched frequently. Use a cleaning wipe or household cleaning spray.
● Keep away from any crowds. This is particularly the case when indoors or in spaces with poor or inadequate ventilation. Your risk of exposure to COVID-19 will increase in busy, closed-in space with little or no air circulation if there are people in the crowd that are infected or sick.
● Do not travel unless it is essential. This includes travel by train, bus, or airplane. If public transportation must be used, follow social distancing measures and other prevention measures as much as possible.
Each of our caregivers must clean frequently used or touched surfaces regularly before each use, or daily at a minimum. This includes but is not limited to countertops, doorknobs, workspaces, and any other surfaces that have regular contact.
To minimize employee risk, each employee who exhibits symptoms or appears to be sick will be immediately sent home. Employees that have a sick family member at home will be tested regularly and not allowed to provide patient care until all appropriate measures and timeframes are met.