At First In Care, we understand that home care is an essential service.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous effect on so many aspects of our lives. However, seniors and many others continue to need our care, support, and companionship now, more than ever. We understand that home is the best and safest place for social distancing and infection prevention. That is why we’ve adjusted our practices and procedures to continue providing safe and reliable home care services during this challenging time.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What steps/measures of prevention do you take with your staff who go into clients homes to care for them?
Our agency has a wellness/symptoms protocol check that must be done by the caregiver before starting each shift. It involves a temperature check, wellness questionnaire, and possible contamination/exposure questionnaire. The staff member cannot clock in for their shift until they pass this Health Check and it is confirmed by the First In Care (FIC) office.
Yes, our staff are always supplied with gloves and masks. When they are administering ‘direct care’ they are required to wear both. If they are not providing ‘direct care’ to a client, they do not have to wear the mask but will do so at the client’s request. They are supplied with a gown, cap, mask, shield, and shoe coverings if a client has been exposed to COVID-19. We also supply all of our staff with hand sanitizer and disinfectant sprays for their shoes and uniforms upon leaving a client’s home and entering a client’s home. Additionally, we have continued CDC instructed updates on safety measures to prevent the spread of contagion.
We recommend that they go for a COVID-19 test immediately. All caregivers are pulled off of the client’s schedule until it is confirmed to be a negative reading.
No, we are not able to care for positive COVID-19 patients due to having so many clients on our register that we cannot risk exposing them due to the spread of contagion from one client to another.
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept new clients who are positive COVID-19.
Yes, currently we have contact information for both outside vaccinations and homebound vaccinations to set up appointments. Additionally, our agency is able to transport clients to get their vaccinations.
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