The following letter was shared with the clients and families of Home To Stay on March 10, 2020.
Dear Home to Stay Clients & Families,
As you know, presumptive cases of the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) have been found in patients in neighboring communities and throughout the country. The health and safety of our clients, families, and caregivers are our primary concern.
As it stands now, Home to Stay will continue to provide uninterrupted services to our clients, provided they have not been diagnosed with the Coronavirus. Home to Stay and our employees will continue to follow the CDC and local health department guidelines in performing services and providing care. All caregivers have been trained with our agency infection control protocols to combat the spread of viruses such as Influenza and Coronavirus including the following:
Hand-washing before and after patient care for a minimum of 20 seconds using soap & water.
Utilizing at least 70% alcohol based sanitizer, if soap & water is unavailable.
Covering their cough with a tissue and immediately disposing it in the trash can.
Ensuring patient areas are cleaned and disinfected per plan of care.
Reporting all signs and symptoms of illness to the agency and families.
As partners in care delivery for yourself and or loved one, it is important that you are educated on the signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the virus. Please note our elderly and immunocompromised patients are at the highest risk.
To protect yourself, family, and our caregivers, please notify the agency if yourself or family is experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, shortness of breath, and or coughing. Also, please be sure to notify the office if you or a member of your household has recently traveled internationally. We appreciate your dedication to keeping our caregivers and patients safe.
Please contact the office with any additional comments and or concerns.
Tamara Scott, RN, BSN
Director of Nursing