INFECTION CONTROL AT PROVIDENCE and COVID-19
Dear Providence Families, Residents, and Caregiving Team:
First, everyone at Providence is healthy. No flu outbreak, no colds, knock on wood. But the situation with COVID-19 is provoking a lot of worry in everyone, and several family members are asking me what I think. I searched the CDC site https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/prevent-spread-in-long-term-care-facilities.html and then put together a policy/procedure based on the information that is currently available. I subscribed for regular updates from the CDC and so can you at the link above. If something major changes, then so will my policy and procedure. For now here’s what it is.
- If you or someone you live with is sick, GO AWAY. Please don’t come into the home.
- Everyone should come straight in and wash their hands with soap and water to the elbows.
- Outside personnel (Nurse aides, nurses, and therapists) are going to be provided with gowns to wear over their uniforms while they are in the home. Most of the outside personnel visit other facilities too, and I worry the most about them bringing infection into our home through their hands or clothing.
- Providence personnel will receive extra orientation on hand-washing and infection control, and we will do surface wipe-downs using bleach cleaner several times a day.
- Residents will be observed and monitored for any symptoms of respiratory infection by Providence and hospice personnel. You should be watchful and let us know if your loved one looks like they’re developing new sneezing, congestion, coughing, or malaise.
- We will be taking DAILY temperatures on every resident and Providence staff person, and variances from normal will be reported. This may be overkill, but doesn’t take much time, and can’t hurt.
- If a resident or staff member at Providence shows any of the above symptoms, they’ll be immediately referred for appropriate evaluation and treatment. Residents with symptoms will be quarantined in their rooms until they are actually evaluated. Staff members with symptoms will not be permitted to work until they receive medical clearance.
- If anyone tests positive for COVID-19, all family and visitors will be notified within 24 hours.
Like I said, as the CDC puts out new recommendations, we will follow suit.
As always, feel free to call me if you have questions or suggestions!
Laurey Sherman, RN, BSN, MBA
Owner, Providence Senior Living