COVID-19 and Infection Control
As Essential Healthcare Workers, we fully understand the impact COVID-19 has had and continues to have on our clients. We also realize we are often asked to provide “hands-on” or “close contact” care. We have implemented the following precautions and guidelines per the CDC to minimize infection risk while balancing the overall client’s health and safety issues (i.e. falling, etc).
- Until further notice, ALL caregivers must wear a mask (surgical, cloth, etc).
- Use social distancing (at least 6’) with any family members at the place of care.
- Prior to the visit, caregivers should wash their hands for at least 30 seconds or us an alcohol-based rub frequently.
- Caregivers should refrain from touching their face (and wash or gel hands if they do).
- Caregivers should limit items brought into the place of care (usually purse and phone).
- Caregivers are asked to frequently disinfect their phone based on the manufacturer guidelines.
- Gloves should be used for all personal care. Gloves can be worn during the visit if requested by the client.
We follow the CDC Guidelines for monitoring COVID-19:
DAILY SELF SYMPTOM MONITORING
EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED to closely monitor their personal health status and immediately report any emergent signs & symptoms to the office.
FAMILY MEMBER SYMPTOM MONITORING
Employees must report any contact with any family members who exhibit potential COVID symptoms.
Employees must report any travel outside KC Metro area to the office. HOTSPOTS change frequently. We follow CDC and Kansas Dept of Health travel advisories.
KNOWN EXPOSURE TO COVID
Employees who have been directly exposed to ANYONE who has had a positive COVID test or have been in contact with family members or other close associates who have been exposed to a KNOWN positive should contact the office immediately.
VISITED A FACILITY WITH REPORTED COVID
We closely monitor all senior care facilities, via the Johnson and Wyandotte Dept of Heath, for reported COVID-19 cases. We quarantine any employees who have provided care in a facility with COVID for 14 days and have them tested if they exhibit symptoms.