Added on March 6, 2020 by Life_Force_Eldercare
Life Force Live-in Caregivers sent out a memo to staff, clients and their families in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns. We are closely following the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their recommendations.
First, it has always been our policy that if any Life Force staff leaves the country for any amount of time, they are to immediately have a physical when they return to the US. In light of the emergence and spread of the COVID-19 in the United States and abroad, we are requiring any of our staff that leaves or is returning to the US must have an immediate physical and can not return to Life Force for two weeks after the physical.
Second, Life Force requires all home health aides to attend an annual orientation which includes training on proper Infection Control standards. In our memo to our staff we have reminded them to continue to exercise these Infection Control standards. These are standards that are good for clients and family members to also follow.
Lastly, we also recommended to all to minimize interactions with the public which includes rescheduling doctor appointments that are not emergencies and try to avoid medical facilities if applicable. Keep yourself and loved ones at home as much as possible and avoid any unnecessary visitors to the home or traveling.
This memo is to provide you with information about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Symptoms of the COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Contact a healthcare professional immediately if you develop symptoms.
If you or anyone in your household has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please immediately contact an administrator at Life Force. If you are returning from a trip outside the U.S., you will not be assigned to a case for a minimum of 14 days, barring any symptoms. These steps are to ensure the safety of clients, participants, and co-workers.
For updates, maps and risk assessments of the COVID-19, refer to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Any questions, comments, or concerns please call the Life Force Live-In Caregivers office at 800-200-3685 (This number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands:
If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.
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Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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John Hopkins Medicine
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Life Force recommends facial protection when there is a possibly of being exposed to infectious respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Video: Donning and Doffing Facial Protection
Stay calm, safe and smart out there in these unsure times.