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Essential Services for Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Essential Services for Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers continue to provide essential services during this difficult time. Our most vulnerable population, homebound seniors, rely on us for assistance with activities of daily living, help around the house with tasks they cannot do, companionship and transportation. While others remain at home, our caregivers have stepped up and continue to provide services to our clients. We thank them and support them as they go about this mission.

All of our caregivers have been provided with additional infection control training specific to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Our training  is based on current guidance provided by the CDC and state and local health departments. Upon completion of the training our caregivers must pass a written test. Training topics include:

  • Background, myths and facts related to COVID-19
  • Recognizing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Use of masks and gloves
  • Prevention of spread of the virus
  • How to properly disinfect surfaces
  • Treatment of COVID-19
  • Managing anxiety and fear related to COVID-19
  • Policy and Procedure for reporting symptoms in themselves or a client

Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers are responsible, cautious and experienced. Our caregivers are taking all precautions against infection to keep themselves and our clients safe.They have always gone above and beyond in caring for our clients. With the additional training provided and daily guidance from our team we are confident they can continue to provide the vital services our clients need.

We are Accepting New Clients!

We recognize that now more than ever seniors need our services. Families are often overwhelmed with working from home and caring for children. They are trying to protect their senior family members by isolation and distancing strategies. We can help by providing assistance in the home, picking up supplies and medications, transporting to vital physician appointments and caring for pets. Please call our office to schedule an assessment if you need help. We will observe recommended social distancing procedures during in-home assessments. Prospective clients will receive a phone screening prior to in home assessment to ensure the safety of staff and prospective clients.

Take everyday preventive actions to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or after leaving a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, ATM screens, handrails, etc. Use a tissue or plastic bag to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something. Discard immediately after use and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation.
  • Practice social distancing and stay 6 ft. from others when out in public.

Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions or concerns.  Thank you and remember we are all in this together!

 

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