We understand that these are trying times for everyone. People are scared. There’s a lot of uncertainty. You’re worried about the health and safety of you and your loved ones.
The staff at Phoenix Home Care is committed to your health and well-being. Our leadership team has created the COVID-19 Task Force in response to the ever-changing situation of the Coronavirus outbreak. In today’s blog from Phoenix Home Care & Hospice, we remind everyone of the main ways to reduce the risks of spreading the Coronavirus.
1. Clean Your Hands as Much as Possible
The Centers for Disease Control states everyone should clean their hands often. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot, soapy water. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Phoenix Home Care’s staff will wash our hands as mandated by the CDC’s protocols. You can request that we wash or sanitize our hands when we’re in your home.
2. Avoid Close Contact With Others
Authorities encourage everyone to avoid close contact with anyone. People without symptoms of the Coronavirus may be able to spread the virus. That’s why state and local authorities have implemented stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and limits on how many people can be in retail stores.
Stay at home as much as possible. Maintain at least 6 feet between you and someone else when in public. Wash your hands as soon as you return home.
Avoiding close contact with others is very important when it comes to the people most at risk of developing a severe illness. Older adults, people with asthma, people with HIV, and people with serious chronic underlying health conditions are the most at risk of getting sick with an infection. As such, Phoenix Home Care staff will take every precaution to ensure our patients are protected, even as we’re administering care.
3. Cover Coughs and Sneezes
The easiest way to cover your coughs or sneezes is with a tissue. Throw used tissues immediately in the trash, and then wash your hands. If you don’t have a box of tissues handy, sneeze into the inside part of your elbow. The Coronavirus can spread through air droplets facilitated through coughing and sneezing. Phoenix Home Care staff will take all necessary steps to observe this protocol.
4. Clean & Disinfect Surfaces
Clean and disinfect surfaces every day, especially ones that people touch frequently. Light switches, doorknobs, countertops, faucets, phones, desks, toilets, and sinks are common hot spots. Clean surfaces to remove dirt and grime first before disinfecting them with an EPA-registered disinfectant, such as hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol. Several common household disinfectants and brand names are on the EPA’s list.
5. Wear a Cloth Face Cover When Around Others
Wearing a cloth face cover is one of the CDC’s recommendations for people out in public. Phoenix Home Care’s staff will wear medical-grade breathing masks when we administer care. Masks may look cumbersome and worrisome, but they are for your own protection. We promise to maintain a positive experience, even when you may be scared of what’s happening.
Phoenix Home Care & the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Rest assured, in these trying times the staff at Phoenix Home Care is staying up-to-date on the latest with the Coronavirus. Our leaders stay in contact with health officials, and we have daily meetings to enact new safety measures that keep our patients safe. Contact Phoenix Home Care or call toll-free 1-855-881-7442 if you have questions, comments, or concerns.
We hope you, your family, and your loved ones are safe and healthy during these trying times.