While there is a dizzying array of information resources and reports about COVID-19, we wanted to let our Clients and families know what At Home Caregivers is doing to ensure that we continue to provide “Legendary Caregiving Services“. The health and safety of our Clients has always been our first priority. As such, we utilize Universal Safety Precautions, which include hand washing, safety gloves and proper contact and sanitation protocols. During this pandemic, At Home Caregivers has heightened our efforts to protect our Clients, Caregivers and Staff by reinforcing these rules of engagement. Whatever the health threat, we will continue our mission of “Service To Others” using all relevant knowledge and best practices.
Studies have shown that older adults are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. That is why we are taking extra measures to encourage our Caregivers to stay home if they have a cough, cold or flu-like symptoms and to distance themselves from any friends or family members who have been sick or traveling recently. We continue to seek guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health authorities and will follow all protocols and guidelines issued.
We believe that At Home Caregivers is well prepared. It is our standard practice to train Caregivers and Staff on preventative measures to keep Clients safe. We regularly stock an ample supply of Caregiving related products (gloves, wipes, masks, etc.). It is standard practice for our Caregivers to monitor the condition of our Clients and immediately report any changes to the office. We are currently reinforcing and/or adding to the following existing safety measures:
We have reiterated and reinforced with all Caregivers the precautions needed to prevent viruses from spreading, including regular hand washing and disinfecting surfaces
- Caregivers are on the alert to recognize and report symptoms such as fever, cough, headache and breathing difficulties
- Caregivers have been informed to stay home and away from Clients if they are coughing, sick and/or manifesting flu-like symptoms
- At Home Caregivers has always distributed gloves, masks, sanitizing wipes and other materials. As you are likely aware, some of these items are in very short supply. We therefore ask families to help supply these items if possible.
- We are providing our Caregivers and Staff with ongoing communications as COVID-19 events unfold
At Home Caregivers remains 100% focused on the well-being and peace of mind of our Clients. Communications with Clients and families, while always important, is more so now with the uncertainty and fast changing situation. We will continue to provide updates should the CDC and local health departments suggest additional precautions that affect our service.
Great perspective on aging in America. For the Clients I serve, their families know all too well the challenges of aging. What the author didn’t say is simply this: even if you’re family provides some care at home for their aging parents, getting old is enormously expensive. Following either path of assistance; placement in a facility or Home Care Aides. – Peter Rubens
From The New York Times:
“We’re Getting Old, But We’re Not Doing Anything About It
Like climate change, the aging of America demands a serious rethinking of the way we live.”
At Home Caregivers is a proud sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association and a regular supporter of the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The is held each October at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma. The event typically includes over 1,500 “walkers” and raises over $300,000 to fight Alzheimer’s disease. For the past two years, At Home Caregivers has had the pleasure of keeping walkers fully hydrated by sponsoring the “Hydration Station” featuring free water bottles and water refills.
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Today over 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. Gifts to the Alzheimer’s Association continue their mission to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for all affected. More information can be found, and donations can be accepted at http://www.alz.org/norcal.
Robotic companions are being promoted as an antidote to the burden of longer, lonelier human lives. At stake is the future of what it means to be human.
“An aging population is fueling the rise of the robot caregiver, as the devices moving into the homes and hearts of the aging and sick offer new forms of friendship and aid. With the global 65-and-over population projected to more than double by 2050 and the ranks of working age people shrinking in many developed countries, care robots are increasingly seen as an antidote to the burden of longer, lonelier human lives.”‘
“Our analysis found having a dog is actually protective against dying of any cause,” said Mount Sinai endocrinologist Dr. Caroline Kramer, lead author of a new systematic review of nearly 70 years of global research published Tuesday in “Circulation,” a journal of the American Heart Association.