Protecting Seniors from Coronavirus
Northwest Guided Home Care is dedicated to the senior population, and we have taken proactive measures during this difficult time to support our clients and families. We recommend that families take the following into account when considering ways to provide care to aging loved ones to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Senior Care in the Age of COVID-19
With information surrounding Coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it's challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home or in communities. Join Home Care Assistance and Seniorly for a webinar featuring Dr. Milana Boukhman Trounce, Physician, Biosecurity Expert, and Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University to get these important questions answered.
Northwest Guided Home Care Helps Protect Clients
All caregivers and internal team members have received communication regarding:
- Safety protocols
- Travel reporting requirements
- Proper handwashing techniques
- Respiratory etiquette
- Warning signs of illness
- Infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands
- Clients or family members should make sure to report the following to their Client Care Manager if they:
- Have traveled to a location on the CDC advisory list
- Are infected or being treated for possible infection of COVID-19
- Are mobility limited and need support in obtaining medical supplies or basic necessities (water, gloves, etc.)
What we know about the virus
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
How the virus spreads:
According to the CDC, the virus spreads from person to person mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can also get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably (going from person to person without stopping) between people. A person can be infectious before showing symptoms, which is why it is important to practice proper social distancing measures. To reduce the risk of infection, older adults should avoid leaving their homes unless it's critically necessary.