May 16, 2020
Although Maryland Gov. Hogan has lifted the statewide stay-at-home order that has been in place for more than six weeks and replaced it with a “safety at home” policy that would allow relaxing some restrictions, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich still maintains a countywide stay-at-home order.
We continue to accept new clients. Our caregivers are still providing care as they are deemed essential.
April 9, 2020
On April 9th, CDC is now recommending that people wear face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain in order to combat the community spread of COVID-19.
Given this new guidance, all Nest & Care staff and caregivers are being asked to wear masks in their clients’ homes at all times. Masks/face coverings will be provided by the office. Please call 240-243-9790 to get your masks.
March 23, 2020
There is little doubt that COVID-19, AKA coronavirus, is a real threat to the older generation. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults are advised to stay in their homes to decrease the potential risk of becoming infected. For many older people, an in-home Caregiver is an essential person charged with keeping these citizens safe and taken care of.
Since the safety of clients and their families, as well as staff and caregivers, are the most important thing, the following rules are adopted at this time:
- No Caregivers exposed to COVID-19 will be referred to clients for a minimum of 14 days or until their doctor clears them to return to work.
- No Caregivers are referred if they have traveled overseas until a doctor clears them, are diagnosed with COVID-19, or treated preemptively to the COVID-19 infection.
- Caregivers will use the CDC-recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Guidelines are in place to ensure effective cleaning and disinfecting of hands and surfaces.
- Caregivers will not cross-cover between homes, communities, and facilities.
- Caregivers will undergo daily COVID-19 symptoms pre-screenings before their shifts.
- Caregivers will need to go through initial COVID-19 training and are provided with the latest recommendations from the CDC.
COVID-19 FAQ For Clients and Their Families
It’s essential to have a healthy home environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking every precaution we can to protect at-risk clients and their families from various illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, etc. The measures currently taking place help in reducing the risk to clients no matter what the outbreak is. Still, there are several questions clients and families may have about Caregivers coming to their home.
What Type Of Education Are You Providing The Caregivers To Reduce The Risk Of Exposing My Loved Ones To COVID-19?
- Regularly washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. When soap and water are unavailable, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Not to touch their face without washing their hands first.
- Avoiding sick people.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, throwing it away immediately and then wash hands.
- Upon going into the home, clean and disinfectant their cell phones and other objects/surfaces.
- Wear gloves when coming into contact with bodily fluids. Throw the gloves away immediately in an outside trash receptacle. Wash hands immediately afterward.
- Consume fresh foods, drink copious amounts of water, and get plenty of rest to bolster your immune system.
- Isolate at home when feeling sick.
- Avoid large gatherings outside the home, limiting contact with others, especially if they are considered high risk.
Will Caregivers Be Looking For COVID-19 Symptoms In My Loved One?
The Care Coordinator will reach out to the client’s family, asking them to call their medical doctor to determine what they should do next. If family members recognize the signs of COVID-19 in their loved one, we encourage them to contact the Care Coordinator right away.
What Is Nest & Care’s Policy In Regards To Caregivers Sick With COVID-19?
We have implemented a Caregivers’ support plan should they be diagnosed with the disease. Compensation is provided to our employees for 14 days with the right documentation.
Is There A Backup Support Available Should The Regular Caregiver Be Unavailable?
Should Our Visits To Our Loved One Be Limited?
Does My Caregiver Wear A Mask?
Nest & Care complies with the health agency’s recommendations on face coverings, and we ask that clients and their families also do so.
Will The Caregiver Wear Gloves?
Should I Purchase Certain Cleaning Products?
How Will Your Staff Communicate With The Client’s Family?
What If Clients Need To Be Taken Out To Appointments or Other Places?
Are Our Caregivers “Essentials”?
COVID-19 FAQs for Caregivers
How Can Caregivers Best Protect Themselves and Their Clients?
Steer clear of sick family members and friends.
- Limit visits outside the home to essential locations only to reduce contact exposure. If you go out to non-essential businesses, be mindful of social distancing practices.
- Caregivers who are sick should not visit any place until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without any medication.
- Clients and Caregivers need to wash their hands regularly using soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Caregivers will help their clients to do this. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will need to be used when soap and water are not present.
- Use a tissue to cover sneezes and coughs, throwing it away immediately after. If there is no tissue on hand, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
- Wash hands before you touch your face. Help your Clients clean their hands regularly too.
- All objects and surfaces need to be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
Should Caregivers Talk To Their Clients About COVID-19?
- Assure your Client that all the necessary precautions are taking place – regular handwashing and sanitizing, cleaning and disinfectant objects and surfaces frequently touched, etc.
- Advise them to also follow these measures and to avoid touching their face without washing or sanitizing their hands first, as well as coughing or sneezing into a tissue and throwing it immediately away.
- Be a source of calmness for Clients, and talk with them about you following the recommended CDC guidelines.
What Should Caregivers Do If Their Client Exhibits COVID-19 Signs?
What Is Nest & Care’s Leave Policy?
What Do Caregivers Do About Unexpected Visits To A Client’s Home?
Should Caregivers Use A Face Masks When Taking Care of Their Client As Well As When They Are Not?
We advise our Caregivers and Clients to use face masks as advised by the CDC.
Is There Something Caregivers Must Do Differently In Cleaning?
What Precautions Must Be Taken To Prepare A Client’s Food?
What Must Caregivers Do Differently When Shopping For Food?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stated there is no evidence that food and food packages are harboring traces of the COVID-19 virus. However, it is advised to wash your hands after loading and unloading groceries.
Do Caregivers Need To Be Anxious About Clients In Senior Living Facilities?
Since the disease is particularly dangerous for seniors, these communities are going above and beyond to protect them.