Monthly Newsletter May 2020

We at Home Health Care have been in business for 30 plus years taking care of our clients in their homes. We have never deviated from our initial plan and that was to take care of our clients in a home setting. The home is safer than communal living as there is not the crowding of multiple seniors and their guests under one roof. A home is a familiar place and along with their memories making HOME a   Sanctuary.
As a nurse, I fear that when some sanctions are lifted, people will once again burst their restraints and overdue common sense. The virus is still out there, and people will forget why they were under “house arrest”. Until there is a least testing for all, restraint must be continued. And until there is a vaccine available to ALL we must do everything possible to keep the virus at bay. When people are not happy with living their lives their way, they easily go back to old habits and ways of life. That means large social gatherings, family gatherings, sports events, and hanging out at the mall, hanging out at bars and casinos, parks, and dog parks and every other reason people feel they must gather, we are social beings. In order to keep people from losing their lives to an invisible force, we must all have patience and continue to adhere to all rules of social distancing. If not for the person who breaks the rules, then for all the people that person encounters during a day.
In-home care the patient who has a” live in “caregiver has the benefit of less contamination. The patient and caregiver are exposed to the virus by VISITORS Someone who does the grocery shopping, or a family member who comes by for a visit.  The groceries should be left outside the home and the caregiver should put on gloves and a mask while unpacking, all containers should be sprayed with disinfectant spray and all fresh vegetables and fruit placed in the sink and washed off after using a new set of gloves. All visitors should be asked and checked for a fever of 99 degrees and above, they do not enter the home. Also ask if they have a cough, or sore throat, or any trouble breathing or know of someone who has any of these symptoms. They are not allowed into the home. All visitors should be wearing a mask. Caregivers that work less than 24 hrs. need to be aware of their clients and their own outside activities Their clients are to be protected at all times and all activities must be in compliance with state regulations of activities outside of work, shelter in place in between shifts, wear a mask when out and never work if you have a fever of 99 degrees, a cough, shortness of breath, or live with someone who has these symptoms.
With all the accolades of first responders, I want to make it very clear that each and every nurse and caregiver that we have on duty during these unique times has my undying admiration for what you are achieving. YOU ARE MY HEROES. You are the first line of defense for our frail elderly patients and what you are doing is keeping them happy and healthy. It is my job to keep you in the appropriate supplies, though it is not easy as our supplies are dwindling, since we are a standalone company, no one wants to share supplies with us. The government does not want to guarantee our payroll as we are not a large company even though we more than qualify as a small business. The guaranteed payroll funds of the Small Business Administration, went to the largest corporations, Imagine that. We will prevail and I will remember the hard work that has been done by each person in our company.

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