5 Safety guidelines for outside caregivers during COVID-19.
If you have caregivers coming into your home on a daily basis, then it’s important to adhere to safety guidelines; especially now.
The COVID-19 pandemic, needless to say, has rocked our world.
But life has continue and perhaps you still have outside caregivers coming into you or your loved one’s home.
The elderly and especially those who have pre-existing health conditions are a higher risk for getting COVID-19.
Unfortunately, the pandemic is not over.
It’s important to continue to take precautions against becoming infected.
In today’s post, I am going to go over what to do if you still have caregivers coming into your home.
Precautions for outside caregivers coming into your home
- If a caregiver is not well, ask them to stay at home. In this instance, I would expect the caregiver to communicate with the home care agency and the home care agency should send a replacement to cover the caregiver.
- If a caregiver tests positive for COVID-19, you and your loved one should self-isolate for the next 14 days. Monitor yourself and your loved ones for symptoms of COVID-19. Those include mild symptoms like loss of smell, loss of taste, and more serious symptoms like fever that is not controlled by taking Tylenol or ibuprofen, chills, coughs, bodily aches and pains. If you’re in doubt, visit your nearest testing center to get tested for the SARS-COV-2 virus.
- Request that caregivers wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and under running water when they come into your home. This simple act of hand-washing can save your loved one’s life.
- While there is still a lot of controversy around wearing masks, on-going research suggests that masks do help slow the spread of SARS-COV-2. Ask caregivers to wear masks when they work directly with your loved one or get close to them.
- Keep hand sanitizers around your home. This makes it easy for anybody to grab the hand sanitizer for quick hand-cleaning.
While we are still learning so much about SARS-COV-2 and COVID-19, these strategies still show some efficacy in slowing how much this contagious virus spreads.
If you have caregivers coming in from outside your home, taking these precautions can help.
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We will be happy to help out!