What Are We Doing To Protect Our Staff And Service Users With the Ongoing COVID Risks?
In May, the UK government updated its advice on the provision of home care. All good home care service providers, like Anglian Care, have paid very careful attention to what the official guidance is and have sought to augment the recommended measures with further ones where appropriate. After all, caring for people in their own homes is a necessity in many cases but that also means being able to keep both the staff who provide the services and the people they’re caring for safe.
Now the official lockdown in England has come to an end – although some restrictions apply in other parts of the UK – many people ask what should be done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, and other infections, while caring for people in their own homes. The answer is a great deal and, what’s more, much of it is common sense.
When caring for people in their own homes, it is important that personal protective equipment continues to be worn. Crucially, this must be of a high quality and items like aprons must not be used in more than one setting. Face masks will continue to feature since these reduce the likelihood that an infected person will inadvertently pass their respiratory infection on to others.
Opening the windows prior to a visit and continuing to have them open while services are delivered is a recommended measure. By keeping a property aerated, so it becomes less likely that a virus can be passed on. What’s more, it makes for a more welcoming, less stuffy domestic environment.
Perhaps it should go without saying but hand sanitation is crucial in the fight against all sorts of infections. Care workers should sanitise their hands before and after visits as a matter of routine to protect themselves and others. Of course, where intimate care has been delivered further hand washing should take place during a home visit, too.
Contact Reduction and Technology
One of the major public health issues that the pandemic caused was how best to protect clinically vulnerable groups. At Anglian Care, there has been an ongoing investment in technology that helps to lessen the need for face-to-face contact among staff. Even before the pandemic struck, managers have been able to contact care workers remotely and deal with them without the need for them to come into the office. In turn, this has meant being able to deliver care without the chance of cross-contamination between co-workers and other members of staff. In short, by reducing the need for human contact outside of the care delivered in homes, so care workers are less likely to pass on infections to one another.
Testing and Response
Although it is not legally mandated, getting care workers vaccinated has meant vastly reducing the number of serious cases of coronavirus. That does not mean that domestic care providers should not remain vigilant, however. At Anglian Care, regular tests are conducted and appropriate action is taken to isolate any cases that occur. Again, this is something that not only helps to protect those being cared for but the professionals who deliver that care, as well.
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Here at Anglian Care we go above and beyond to protect our service users and our staff. If you want more information or if you have special requirements then please get in touch and talk to one of our team.