As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have an impact on our communities, we feel it is important to share the steps we are taking to educate and support our clients’ and employees’ health and well-being. Based on the guidance we have received from the state health agencies we have educated our staff on the many steps to take to prevent the virus, the procedure to take if one suspects they have the virus, and we have provided clear and direct recommendations when to stay home if one is experiencing symptoms of illness. In addition, we have encouraged the staff to complete the online course called the National COVID-Ready Caregiver Certification. This is a caregiver guide to practice updates, resources, and up to date information on how to keep themselves and those they care for safe.
We are continuing to implement preventive practices and providing PPE supplies, such as soap, hand sanitizer, gloves, masks for our employees. In addition, we are conducting all of our meetings by teleconference and are encouraging our staff to engage in social distancing and limit their exposure as much as possible. We have reorganized our teams so that caregivers who are working in facilities remain working in only facilities and those working in people’s homes are just working in client’s homes. We are also highly discouraging staff from traveling at this time. If they choose to travel, we are asking them to self- quarantine for 14 days afterward if they have virus symptoms. We are continuing to take this very seriously and are doing what we can to protect our clients and our staff.
We will continue to monitor this evolving situation. The health and safety of our clients and employees is a top priority. We care deeply for our clients, their families and our staff. We want everyone to stay safe during this time and we will do what we can to ensure that safety.
Please visit this link to the CDC website that we have shared with our staff educating them on the coronavirus.