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COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

We are Here for You

We are Here for You

At Senior Helpers, our utmost priority is always the health and safety of our clients, their families, and our employees. Due to the risk of a group setting, you may be considering discharging your loved one from a senior care community to be cared for at home. We are here to help.

As experts in the senior care industry, we can offer valuable insights into the best way to care for your loved one through this stressful time. Senior Helpers caregivers are available to provide immediate care and support to our senior community and their families. Contact us now

Best practices for hygiene and safety during the Coronavirus outbreak have been reinforced with all Senior Helpers employees.

 

Honoring Senior Helpers Caregivers and Staff

As a franchise system, Senior Helpers would like to take a moment to recognize the daily efforts of our caregivers, who are truly the lifeblood of our organization. From coast-to-coast, including Hawaii and Alaska, Senior Helpers franchisees share their heartfelt thanks for going above and beyond the call of duty. Our great Senior Helpers partners in Australia and Canada also joined in making this video an international recognition of these individuals, our healthcare heroes, for helping us to keep seniors vibrant, safe, and healthy at home!

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

 

What do we know?

The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. Getting very sick means that older adults with COVID-19 might need hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they might even die. The risk increases for people in their 50s and increases in 60s, 70s, and 80s. People 85 and older are the most likely to get very sick. Other factors can also make you more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19, such as having certain underlying medical conditions.

Older adults, and those who live with, visit or provide care for them, need to take preventive measures to protect themselves from getting COVID-19, including: 

  • Getting vaccinated: it prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. People 65 and older who received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines showed a 94% reduced risk of COVID-19 related hospitalization. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. CDC has updated guidance for fully vaccinated people based on new evidence on the Delta variant.
  • Wearing a mask
  • Practicing physical/social distancing
  • Washing hands

 

Senior Helpers direction to maximize client and caregiver safety

 

Staying Current: We review guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) daily and provide owners and staff with updates as they become available  

  • Please visit coronavirus.gov for the most current COVID-19 resources, recommendations, FAQs, and guidelines.

Prevention: We have directed all caregivers and staff follow enhanced prevention procedures.  

  • Properly use PPE (face masks, face shields, gloves, etc.)

  • Avoid touching public surfaces with your hands whenever possible, including such things as doorknobs, elevator buttons, restroom surfaces, restaurant menus and tables, public computer keyboards, etc.  

  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Wash their hands often with soap and water frequently, for at least 20 seconds.  

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when they are sick.

  • Cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.

  • Clean and disinfect all touched surfaces and objects frequently using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.

  • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially cruise ships. 

  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Routine environmental cleaning: All staff and caregivers have been instructed to clean frequently touched surfaces daily and commonly used surfaces before each use.  This includes areas such as workstations, countertops and doorknobs.

We are minimizing employee risk: Any employees who appears to be sick will be sent home immediately. We require that employees who have a sick family member at home be tested.