Corona Virus (COVID-19), is the viral disease that is spreading around the globe. Home Care providers have prepared for a possible worst-case scenario.
The virus had spread across China and at least 47 other countries and territories, with people sickened and dying worldwide.
Older people are thought to be at greater risk for serious complications from the virus because of their age.
Although the Home Care industry already enacts quarantines due to other diseases, such as influenza and pneumonia, the virulence of the coronavirus, coupled with the potential to infect care workers, makes it especially worrisome. This widespread and uncontrollable infection will impact the frontline care workers.
What we are doing.
River Garden Home Care in Bromley has enacted precautionary measures in accordance with current recommendations from the CQC which offers guidance for employers to control the spread of the virus. We have policies and procedures, as well as checklists, to manage the corona virus.
Along with the normal precautions around handwashing and hygiene, River Garden Home Care in Bromley has also instructed its employees to stay home if they experience symptoms such as a temperature, cough or a runny nose. We are well-stocked on emergency supplies and well prepared for any contingencies.
Health care has become a high-risk job in the wake of the coronavirus. We are supporting one of the most at-risk people, the elderly. Home care workers are on the frontlines of supporting people’s daily activities like bathing, moving, eating and administering medication.
Here at River Garden Home Care, Bromley, we have provided the following guidance in accordance with Government recommendations. While elderly people are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus, there are steps that can be taken to reduce their risk, and to ensure they are well cared for and supported.
Care workers must also be looked after and must be equipped with information to protect themselves as well as those in their care.
These guidelines have been informed by experience in China and South Korea.
• Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 2. Using alcohol-based hand rub 3. Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, and discarding it immediately, or into an elbow, and then washing hands 4. Keeping at least one metre (3 feet) from each other wherever possible.
• If possible, staff should measure the older residents’ body temperature every morning and evening.
• Door handles, handrails, tables, chairs and other surfaces should be cleaned with disinfectant regularly.
• Staff should regularly empty garbage bins in which tissues are disposed.
• Care workers should be aware of older people’s mental health and wellbeing. Affectionate personal communication can relieve anxiety.
• Older residents and staff should be well nourished.
• Warm temperatures should be maintained in the home, and spaces should be regularly ventilated.
• Care staff should try to maintain older residents’ normal schedule and daily routine.
Don’t Worry, We are here for you.
Here at River Garden Home Care Bromley we would like to reassure you that we are here for you and your families during this very difficult and unprecedented time and would like you to remain assured that we are continuing to provide the highest level of Home Care to your loved ones as we have always done.