The health and wellness of our clients and caregivers is important to us, but it is even more critical now. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that Griswold Home Care offices are taking every precaution to keep clients, caregivers, and staff safe and healthy.
How are we staying on top of the pandemic?
As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we are closely monitoring both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) websites, as well as state and local government departments for live and up-to-date guidance and the newest knowledge related to COVID-19. As soon as updated information becomes available, we ensure that all offices are aware. Griswold offices are also adhering to recommendations from the CDC to prevent the spread of the virus.
How are we keeping clients and caregivers safe?
We have taken several steps to ensure the safety of our clients and caregivers, including:
- Ensuring caregivers are healthy and follow proper protocols like wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Reviewing policies and procedures that address staying home when sick and reporting illness
- Preparing our offices for possible closures or work from home situations
- Informing caregivers of what to do if they have been exposed to someone sent for testing or waiting for results, or who tests positive for COVID-19
- Providing updated information on the pandemic as it becomes available
- Checking in with quarantined clients that are at high risk for social isolation
- Informing Caregivers and staff of available training to combat the spread of COVID-19
- Hand Hygiene
- Infection Control in Home Care
- Protecting Clients During Flu Season
- Standard Precautions
What are some tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19?
Due to the COVID-19 Virus being a global outbreak, an individual should use the following everyday preventative actions to avoid possible exposure or spread:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
In addition to these measures, we have also created a COVID-19 FAQs post with information from the CDC.
If you have any questions about the above information, the care your loved one is currently receiving, or are wondering if your loved one needs care, please contact your local Griswold office. We are here to help during this troubling time.