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Aug-25-2020 | Uncategorized,
COVID-19 is not going away any time soon. There are measures that caregivers can and should
take to protect themselves and the people they care for. This article discusses how these measures
protect everyone involved and keeps those in need of care from contracting COVID-19.
Understanding COVID-19 Spread
COVID-19 spreads between people in proximity to one another, less than six-feet apart via
respiratory droplets. When one person coughs, sneezes, or talks to another, the droplets produced
from that will land in the other person’s mouth and nose. The virus can spread from someone who
is infected but not showing symptoms.
How to Stay Safe
Hand washing is one of the main ways to help keep caregivers and those who need care safe. It
should be done frequently, especially after:
– Using the bathroom.
– Caring for someone who is sick.
– Leaving a public place.
– Blowing your nose.
– Changing a diaper.
– Touching your face, eyes, or mouth.
Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available.
Maintaining distance from others is another way to stay safe. Stay away from people who are sick
in your household. If you provide long term care at a facility or at a person’s home, limit
unnecessary close contact as much as possible.
Wear a mask when you are outside the house. A mask protects others from getting sick. This
includes while you are working with your care client. Gloves are also recommended when working
closely with someone else.
Keep disposable supplies like masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and other things specific to your care
client in a container at their home or at your facility for your use only.
Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently while you are working. This is also a good practice to
implement at home.
Be aware of the basic symptoms of COVID-19. These include fever, cough, and shortness of
breath. If you think you have any of these, take your temperature. Don’t take it right after
exercising or taking medication. Consider keeping a symptom diary to track any time you are
feeling unwell during the pandemic.
If you experience any of these symptoms or others, let your client know and plan for alternative
care, and get a COVID-19 test if symptoms are not going away.
Caregivers at Polish Care Services are committed to keeping clients safe during COVID-19.
Moreover, one caregiver to one patient in an in home care setting helps to minimize the risk of spread.
Contact us at 860-255-8278 to learn more about how we provide safe in home senior care.