Our COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Plan
Adara Home Health is actively monitoring the progression of the coronavirus, COVID-19, to ensure that we have the most accurate and latest information on the threat of the virus. This situation continues to develop rapidly as new cases are identified in our communities and our protocols will be adjusted as needed. Our first priority is to ensure our employees and clients are in a safe and healthy environment.
While most cases of COVID-19 are mild, causing only fever and cough, a very small percentage of cases become severe and may progress particularly in the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. Since this is the primary population that Adara Home Health serves, we understand your concerns and want to share with you how our organization is responding to the threat of COVID-19.
We are meeting regularly and coordinating the most appropriate protocols according to the updates and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health, local and county authorities, the Home Care Association of America, and other agencies and resources. Our response and plans may adjust according to the recommendations from these organizations.
Agency Action Plan
As a standard practice, we have an emergency preparedness plan in place. We will continue to follow it as this situation evolves or update it accordingly.
- All caregivers with signs and symptoms of a respiratory infection will not report to work.
- We screen our caregivers to assess any known risk factors, such as travel to areas with widespread outbreaks or local contact in areas known to have reported cases are ongoing. We will advise them not to report to work if they are deemed high-risk.
- We believe that home remains the safest place for you or your loved one, as indications show that the virus is spread more quickly in facilities and larger group or public settings. Possible exposure will remain the lowest for those who are able to stay in their homes with limited outside contact. For this reason, we feel fortunate to be able to provide care that can keep people at home.
- We are screening clients for signs and symptoms of respiratory infections upon referral, start of care and ongoing, and are following CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment requirements for caregivers.
- For clients we serve who reside in facilities or other group-type living situations, we will work closely with the facility on any protocols, exchange of information, or other guidelines as necessary.
- Many of our clients are especially at risk, given they are older adults or have underlying health issues. We are vigilant about our need to help protect these individuals from illness be it the flu, COVID-19, or any other communicable disease. These measures are not new to us as we seek to minimize risk regularly for our clients, regardless of an outbreak such as this new coronavirus.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family
These actions are designed to help keep you healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Because there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Eat well, drink water appropriate for your physical condition and get rest to strengthen your immune system.
- Have a family emergency preparedness plan that includes care coverage and back up support, if possible.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
- If you have underlying medical issues that put you in the high-risk category, avoid large public gatherings or other places outside the home. Limit your contact with others.
- If you have respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath) wear a facemask when around other people to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- If you think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 contact your healthcare provider immediately.
If you have any questions or concerns contact admin@adarahomehealth or call (763) 682-0665.