Covid precautions in homecare

Covid precautions in homecareWhat Covid precautions in homecare should you expect to see?  Our clients rely upon the help that they receive from Gardiner’s.  Our team help those they support to stay fit, healthy, happy and safe.  Gardiner’s takes many Covid precautions in homecare and the service we provide in order to keep our staff and clients safe.

Vaccination

Our team were very supportive of the drive to get vaccinated.  Take-up was exceptionally high at 95%.

Testing

Early detection helps to prevent the spread of Covid.  Our team currently undertake lateral flow tests at the start of every working day.

Training & Infection Control

All of our staff have undertaken repeated training in relation to Covid, infection control, and the use of PPE.  Our team understands the symptoms of Covid-19.

Infection control continues to be of key importance.  You will notice that Care Workers will frequently be washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water.

All staff wear disposable surgical face masks at every care duty.   Gloves and aprons are worn where contact is required.

For any client with symptoms of Covid-19, or where they live with someone displaying symptoms, we find ways to help whilst avoiding contact that could lead to the spread amongst our staff and clients.  If possible, we will suspend care for the short isolation period or adapt working ways to avoid close contact.

Staffing levels

Throughout the pandemic, we have managed staff levels well.  In the event of staff shortages, we will prioritise our attendance to those clients most in need of our support.  We do urge all clients to have a backup plan for this possibility and will maintain close communication with you.

Covid precautions in homecare

Covid precautions in homecare

Thank you to all our staff and clients for their support during this difficult time.  None of us have enjoyed the necessity of wearing masks.  Government Guidance for homecare still requires our team to wear masks, for the time being, however, this is under review.  The expectation is that soon the decision about whether or not masks need to be work will be down to each provider to risk assess.  hopefully it won’t be too much longer before our clients can again see the smiling faces of our care wokrers.

The Government guidance with respect to homecare provision is available online.

What can you do to help stop viruses from spreading?

Viruses similar to Coronavirus (COVID-19) are spread in cough droplets that can’t live outside the body for very long and are very unlikely to be spread through things like packages or food.  So, what can you do to help stop viruses spreading?
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If you have a question about Coronavirus (COVID-19) in relation to our service, please do contact us by calling 01183347474.