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Coronavirus (COVID-19) & HCA

When looking at care solutions, consider home care as a viable option due to its ability to keep seniors safe in their own home by promoting social distancing.

Caregivers can pick up medications, groceries, and anything else a senior needs, minimizing their interaction with large groups of people.

Senior Care in the Age of COVID-19

Featuring Dr. Milana Boukhman Trounce

With information surrounding Coronavirus/COVID-19 changing by the hour, it's challenging to stay updated on the most recent best practices for keeping seniors safe at home or in communities. Join Home Care Assistance and Seniorly for a webinar featuring Dr. Milana Boukhman Trounce, Physician, Biosecurity Expert, and Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University to get these important questions answered.

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Home Care Assistance Helps Protect Clients

All caregivers and internal team members have received communication regarding:

  • Symptoms
  • Safety protocols
  • Travel reporting requirements
  • Proper handwashing techniques
  • Respiratory etiquette
  • Warning signs of illness
  • Infection control protocols, including effective cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and hands

Clients or family members should make sure to report the following to their Client Care Manager if they:

  • Have traveled to a location on the CDC advisory list
  • Are infected or being treated for possible infection of COVID-19
  • Are mobility limited and need support in obtaining medical supplies or basic necessities (water, gloves, etc.)

Home Care Assistance Helps Protect Clients

We will not place any caregiver with a client for a minimum of 14 days or until cleared by a medical provider if the caregiver has:

  • Been exposed to a facility where COVID- 19 is being treated
  • Traveled to a location on the CDC advisory list in the past two months
  • Started showing symptoms of the illness

We will not place any caregiver who has symptoms of illness on assignment or accept new clients who demonstrate symptoms that are highly consistent with the COVID-19 diagnosis or who have traveled to Level 1-3 areas in the most recent 14 days.

What we know about the virus:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How the virus spreads:

According to the CDC, the virus spreads from person to person mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can also get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably (going from person to person without stopping) between people. A person can be infectious before showing symptoms, which is why it is important to practice proper social distancing measures. To reduce the risk of infection, older adults should avoid leaving their homes unless it's critically necessary.

Your Role in Keeping Your Family and Yourself Safe

The CDC recommends taking precautions to prevent the spread of the diseases:

Wash Your Hands Often

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

Practice Social Distancing

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Put distance between yourself and other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places

Cover Your Mouth and Nose when Around Others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up necessities
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect others in case you are infected
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
  • Throw used tissues in the trash
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Clean And Disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

Other Measures to Take During the Pandemic

  • Routinely clean and disinfect objects and surfaces since the virus is very susceptible to common antibacterial cleaners such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and anything 60%+ alcohol-based
  • Refill critical prescription medications
  • Reschedule routine medical appointments
  • Utilize telemedicine or other virtual tools to if you need to connect with your physician
  • Seek out information from reliable sources
  • Stay positive and reassure those around you
  • Find emotional support by communicating with friends or family via the phone or internet

If you are sick or at risk:

  • Stay at home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people
  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom if available. If you need to be around other people or animals in the house, wear a cloth face covering
  • Monitor your symptoms

When to seek medical attention

    • If you have trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

The symptoms of the virus:

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.


Most vulnerable groups:

    • People aged 65 and older
    • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised (Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications)
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease

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Your local team of Client Care Managers are available to answer your questions and work with you to design a customized plan of care that is right for you.

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