Dear Clients, Families and Professional Partners:
We are writing to share the updated infectious protocol at Atlanta Home Care Partners (AHCP) in response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This is obviously of great concern, yet as with most things, however, preparation is preferable to panic. At AHCP, we are taking action to protect our clients and caregivers. Steps include enforcing education for amped up infection control and following CDC recommendations. We are requiring all employees to attend a hand washing/ infection control training to refresh their technique, and will provide disinfectant wipes to all employees to clean surfaces such as doorknobs, tables etc. when entering and exiting a home. This task will be included in each client’s Plan of Care and will be addressed by employees when entering and exiting a home.
Our concern is not only for our clients’ health, but also for that of our staff, and we require that the below guidelines are followed, strongly encouraging all family members to follow the same protocol to keep loved ones safe.
1. Practice good hygiene – frequent and thorough hand washing – for 20 seconds with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is not feasible.
2. Social distancing; eliminate handshaking and use other non-contact methods of greeting.
3. Clean hands at the door when entering or leaving.
4. Create habits and reminders to avoid touching one’s face and cover coughs and sneezes.
5. Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly and when entering and leaving the home.
6. Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.
7. Limit food sharing.
8. Stay home if you are feeling sick or have a sick family member in your home.
9. Provide additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or with underlying conditions. Significant underlying conditions include heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes, and conditions that suppress the immune system.
Atlanta Home Care Partners respects and appreciates our clients, families and our professional partners. Our goal is to continue to provide exceptional care for our clients during this challenging time.
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns.
All our best,
Cheryl and Lewis Mann