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Home care during COVID-19: How we’re keeping seniors safe and well

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Now and always, the health and safety of your loved ones is our top priority

Flourish in Place is committed to the protection of our home care clients from the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Home care during COVID-19 can be very challenging. We understand that many of our seniors are feeling especially vulnerable because of existing health concerns, and they’re also facing increased isolation due to their families not being able to visit them in their home.

Keep reading to learn more about the steps we’re taking to ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of our home care clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our extensive safety measures

In our continued commitment to protect our clients and caregivers, we’ve gone above and beyond our legal requirements to roll out a COVID-19 testing policy for all employees. We pay our caregivers for 2 hours of their time to go to one of the many free testing sites in Central Florida. They send us their test results as soon as they receive them.

Although there is no requirement for testing home care aides, we are requiring our caregivers to undergo a free COVID-19 test every two weeks and provide us with the results, and we are paying them for two hours of time to do so.

We are continuing to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), and local public health departments.

Our employees continue to help us identify patients at risk for having COVID-19. The night before or on the morning of each shift, the caregiver asks the client a series of health screening questions to assess any potential symptoms.

If the caregivers themselves answer positively to any of these questions, they know to inform our office at once. They are not permitted to proceed with their home care shifts until they have been cleared by Flourish management staff.

Minimizing infection risks

All of our caregivers strictly follow the training they received as Home Health Aides (HHAs) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) regarding infection control, especially concerning hand washing and the use of gloves for personal care.

As part of our commitment to provide the highest quality home care during COVID-19, we’re also helping our clients maintain safe social distancing and minimizing their risk of infection by picking up groceries, medications, and other essentials on their behalf.

Focus on mental wellbeing

COVID-19 has caused many seniors who are aging in place to feel more isolated than normal, as often they’re experiencing decreased contact with the outside world, including close family members.

As well as helping with chores around the home, Flourish caregivers have been able to provide much-needed companionship to our clients during this time.

Our continued commitment

We’re honored to be trusted by families to keep their aging loved ones safe and well during this challenging time.

When providing home care during COVID-19, our commitment to you is to continue to follow the latest guidance and to continue to uphold the highest health and safety standards. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 407-845-9797.

If you’d like to learn more about how we help seniors maintain their independence at home, please request your Free Consultation today.

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