Prestige Companion & Homemakers Takes Steps to Prevent COVID-19 in Elderly Clients
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT— Prestige Companion & Homemakers, a home care agency for the elderly that serves the entire state of Connecticut, is taking important safety precautions in the wake of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) urgent warnings to help prevent the spread of coronavirus among their home care clients.
Nashia Lewis, Program Manager for Elder Care at Prestige Companion & Homemakers, said they are taking several important safety precautions to keep their elderly clients safe at home.
“As best practice at Prestige Companion & Homemakers, we will continue to put the safety of our clients first. As a best practice, we have retrained our staff in proper hand washing as well as clients and family members,” Lewis stated.
Public health officials are urging the elderly to avoid large public gatherings, travel and events. Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont recently called upon town and city officials to cancel all large public gatherings, events, and parades, according to a press release on the state of Connecticut’s website.
Many nursing homes are restricting visitors into their facilities in order to protect their residents. At Prestige Companion & Homemakers, most of their residents stay in their own homes and have certified nurse’s assistants, home health aides, and patient care assistants visit daily to assist with medications, bathing, chores, cooking, cleaning, shopping and more. This, Lewis said, is why health and safety is of utmost concern among their staff and clients.
“We have taken the initiative of purchasing and distributing hand sanitizer to our clients and caregivers as it helps the spread of any virus, including the coronavirus. Understanding that it takes less than one percent to be contaminated with the virus, we practice best handwashing guidelines with family members as well as clients,” Lewis said.
According to the CDC, “community preparedness planning for COVID-19 should include older adults and people with disabilities, and the organizations that support them in their communities, to ensure their needs are taken into consideration. Many of these individuals live in the community, and many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence.”