“Home health agencies have always had to prioritize infection control as part of Medicare’s Conditions of Participation (CoPs). But that hasn’t always been the case for non-medical home care providers.
That quickly changed after the coronavirus began spreading across the country in March and April. Now, infection control is likely something non-medical home care providers will have to think about for the foreseeable future.
Broadly, infection-control protocols are aimed at halting the spread of germs and infectious diseases in health care settings, including the home.
When it comes to the COVID-19 emergency and infection control, most of the nation’s attention has been directed to hospitals and long-term care facilities. That’s not surprising, as nursing home residents account for nearly one in 10 of all the coronavirus cases in the U.S. and more than one-quarter of coronavirus-related deaths, according to a recent Associated Press analysis.”
Read the full article here: https://homehealthcarenews.com/2020/06/home-care-agencies-starting-to-wake-up-to-infection-control/
“When she saw a photo of a brown box with an egg and half a bagel that was allegedly delivered to a senior in South Sacramento, Shonna McDaniels was not going to sit idly by.
The community activist and well-known visual artist posted a photo of the so-called meal on Facebook for all to see. The photo was spread quickly in the community as a poor representation of the City’s “Great Plates Delivered” senior feeding program.
More disturbing photos of meager meals — not authenticated by The OBSERVER — surfaced on social media platforms from other seniors who say they get deliveries.
The deal for the seniors of Sacramento stems from the state’s “Meals for the Moment, Restaurants Serving Seniors,” program. The city of Sacramento is one of the participants.
This program provides meals to Californians that are age of 65 and over or individuals who have been exposed to or contracted COVID-19, but do not need hospitalization, or are high-risk with underlying health conditions.
Sacramento’s version of the program, “Great Plates Delivered,” contains 140-plus restaurants for more than 3,500 seniors in the city…”
Read the full article here: http://sacobserver.com/2020/06/senior-feeding-program-observed/
“Do you realize that what caregivers for the elderly do is so important in so many ways? It’s not just the daily living skills, bathing assistance, and household help they provide.
It’s that daily smile, laughs, conversation, companionship, caring or recreational activity. The stuff that feeds one’s soul. Makes them feel alive. A reason to smile. Caregivers are the stars in the sky. Breaths of fresh air. High points of the day. Our senior’s well-being depends on them!
And how much is that worth???
Their job is not easy. It requires a lot of skill and knowledge to understand seniors, to have the required patience, to recognize their individual cognitive skill levels to meet their needs accordingly. And to tolerate the abuse that inherently comes with the decline in mental processes of perception, memory, judgement, and reasoning. To remain calm when they want to scream. They care for people and then find a way to care a little more.
Your seniors need these people – and so do you. More than you realize. Treat them accordingly. Value them. Honor them. Reward them. Respect them. They are to be cherished,
My dear mother-in-law resides at The Gardens of Scottsdale. I appreciate each and every caregiver there. And the maintenance man. He takes care of every single need in their mind. Things we think are unimportant are like an IRS audit to seniors… Stressful until it’s taken care of. Even if it means several visits a day. I wish I could give each of them a million dollars. That’s how much they are worth. Especially now. -Denise Heinrich “
“As senior centers, adult day centers and other programs geared toward older adults temporarily closed their doors, family caregivers hunkered down with their loved ones to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus. Changing routines, missing socialization opportunities and lacking cognitive stimulation may become increasingly problematic as time goes on.
Deyon Murray, of Boynton Beach, Florida, for example, says her newly relocated father, 88 — now her housemate — is feeling the void of activities. He was used to going to a senior center daily but it is closed. “I can see where he’s bored already and I have to sleep in the day because I’m a night hospice nurse,” she says. “I don’t know how to keep him occupied.”
If you and your loved ones are stuck at home and cabin fever is setting in, here are some ideas to help prevent boredom and stay active….”
“Caring for older adults was already expensive, emotionally taxing and logistically difficult — and the coronavirus is only making it worse.
Why it matters: People older than 65 have the highest risk of dying from the virus, and outbreaks have been rampant in long-term care facilities. That is creating anxiety for seniors and their families.
The big picture: Most seniors will need at least some long-term care, but the coronavirus has added even more complications to the tough decisions about how to obtain it.
- Assisted-living and independent-living facilities cost an average of at least $4,000 a month, almost always paid out of pocket.
- Nursing homes are generally more affordable, but people often have to burn through their savings, pensions and other assets on their way there.
- Nursing homes also are cramped, understaffed and have poor track records with infection control to begin with — and they’ve been hotbeds for the spread of the coronavirus.
- Home care is another option. If a professional worker isn’t available, the task often depends on the charity of a friend or relative, and that’s a dicier proposition when those friends or relatives could be carrying the virus — or unemployed, caring for children or otherwise just not able to help…”
Read the full article here: https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-long-term-care-778746cd-97cf-4713-860f-e2c5cc135f87.html