Like all Americans, seniors have been advised to stay home to reduce their exposure to COVID-19. However, in-home care is still required to meet the everyday needs of many patients. The caregivers at Home Helpers of Hoover in Birmingham, AL, are closely following all guidelines and regulations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of their patients and staff. Learn more about their safety efforts in the guide below.

Safety Training

Home Helpers of Hoover provides extensive and ongoing training courses for all caregivers based on the CDC's updated regulations and procedures. These courses include refreshed safety precautions and instructions designed to mitigate the risks of transmission and keep their patients as safe as possible.

In addition to learning strict sanitation protocols, their caregivers were also instructed in self-monitoring techniques to ensure their health before making home visits. They are also taught what symptoms to look for in their patients.

Updated Safety Precautions

in-home careThese caregivers prevent the spread of COVID-19 by administering daily self-evaluations like temperature checks. They must report any symptoms associated with COVID-19 before their shift begins. They also monitor and report on symptoms experienced by their family members and other individuals they come into contact with. If a caregiver shows symptoms or presents any risk of exposure, they are placed on a mandatory, 14-day quarantine before they’re cleared to return to work.

Caregivers adhere to strict protocols to ensure the safety and cleanliness of their patients’ homes, including frequent hand-washing, routine disinfection of surfaces, and practicing safe social distancing where possible. At the end of each shift, their caregivers perform a final disinfection of the home before leaving, including doorknobs, countertops, mobility and medical equipment, remote controls, and light switches.

Sheltering in Place

Because senior individuals are at a higher risk of complications associated with COVID-19, shelter-in-place orders are critical to ensuring their safety. Caregivers provide access to essential items, including groceries, prescriptions, hygiene, and household items, while senior patients remain safely at home to reduce their exposure and potential transmission of the coronavirus.

Their in-home care team also provides companionship to help prevent social isolation that can be prevalent in seniors who cherish time spent with friends and loved ones.

The compassionate and knowledgeable staff at Home Helpers of Hoover is dedicated to providing high-quality in-home care for your senior loved ones. Their specially-trained staff offers attentive, hands-on assistance with routine daily activities, including housework and medication management, to more extensive care, such as bathing, grooming, and dementia care. Contact them at (205) 978-3809 to request a consultation. Visit their website to learn more about their services.