According to a 2017 census, there are approximately 47 million seniors in the United States. Around 12 million of these seniors are chronically ill or disabled and rely on a home healthcare agency such as Special Touch Home Care. Because of their serious medical conditions, these seniors are at especially high risk for contracting coronavirus.
Yet, social distancing isn’t an option due to the fact that most of their needs rely on close human contact such as bathing and dressing. Home health care services are taking many extra precautions to keep both clients and aides safe during the pandemic. Here are three questions to ask your professional caregiver before receiving in-home health care.
What Extra Precautions Are In Place?
Heightened infection control is a high priority, so home health aide visits will likely include more personal protective equipment and health screenings than normally provided. Seniors with respiratory conditions may be monitored more closely. You can speak with a representative at Special Touch Home Care to find out our action plans for the pandemic or check out our website for more information.
What Care Services Are Absolutely Essential?
Many nonessential procedures and healthcare appointments are canceled at the CDC’s recommendation during the pandemic. Ask your agency what visits and services can be either condensed or eliminated for the time being. Eliminating as many nonessential services as possible will help reduce the risk of exposure for both the client and the home care aide.
Are Telecare Services Available?
One way to reduce the risk of exposure is to use telecare services as much as possible. You can download apps on a smartphone or computer to reach health care providers. In certain circumstances, the client and home health aide may be able to communicate through phone or video calls for needs like grocery shopping or errands. Ask your health providers or insurance company about what telehealth options may be available to you.
Managing the home health care needs of vulnerable seniors during the pandemic can be challenging. We here at Special Touch Home Care stand ready to meet the challenge and give your loved one the care they need during this difficult time. We deliver personalized care and work hard to help your loved one stay as independent as possible. Start your journey to better living and reach out to us today!