Flatten The Curve – this is a phrase you will hear repeatedly in weeks ahead. Overall, we cannot contain this virus, so nearly everyone who could get it is probably going to get it. The trick now is to slow the pace – that’s why the schools are closing, for example. If 1 million people get it all in one month, that is much harder for hospitals than if those same 1 million people get it over the course of 4-6 months. We are on the front lines of this effort! This is why our work is so important. Not only can we slow the spread, but of course our clients are the most vulnerable, so this is especially important.
Also – the size of the problem facing the country doesn’t change if you prevent 1 person from getting infected. Instead of 10,987,654 cases, there are now 10,987,653. But it makes a huge difference to that person and family! Focus on the people you care for, and keep them safe. Others will worry about the entire population. We need to focus on people in our care and we can reduce the number of them who get it.
- Wash your hands before and after every incident of direct client contact
- Wear gloves but be sure to dispose of them after each visit
- Using household cleaner, wipe down all door knobs, faucets, light switches, and surfaces in common areas of the home
- Do this on every visit, regardless of the service in the care plan