During the pandemic, the importance and demand on the acute healthcare delivery system such as the local hospitals like University of Vermont Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Northwestern Medical Center, Porter Medical Center, Copley Hospital, Gifford Medical Center, Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Alice Peck Day Hospital, New London Hospital, Valley Regional Healthcare, and other regional hospitals with coronavirus patient have heavily increased. However, Long Term Care facilities such as nursing homes have seen a drastic increase in COVID-19 spread. According to a Seven Days article, most Burlington infections tie to nursing homes. The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused chaos in healthcare settings. While hospitals and healthcare settings are seeing COVID-19 patients, they are facing unprecedented challenges. The state and public health authorities are obviously more concerned about the increasing number of cases and treatment of the patients. This, unfortunately, leads to less focus and funding towards other healthcare facilities such as long term care and home healthcare.
While every state’s focus should be to help fight the Pandemic, they shouldn’t ignore other healthcare services. Long Term Care and Home Healthcare services shouldn’t lose their importance in the current situation.
Precautionary Measures in Nursing Homes against COVID-19
Long Term Care and Home Healthcare services cannot be shut down despite the ongoing Pandemic. Like every other healthcare services, keeping the patients safe from coronavirus is the biggest concern. Staff members have a responsibility to protect themselves, and their patients form coronavirus.
TLC’s RNs, LPNs, LNAs, CNAs are doing their best to deal with the current situation responsibly. We continue to provide the same quality of services and care to our patients. Although we are facing several challenges in this time of crisis, we are doing our best to protect our patients and staff from coronavirus.
TLC’s RNs, LPNs, LNAs, CNAs are trained to take strict precautions for preventing the spread of novel Coronavirus.
1. Facility staff members and residents strictly adhere to proper hygienic and disinfection practices.
2. We try to provide every staff member with a personal set of hand gloves, masks, and hand sanitizers. This way we ensure that none of our workers gets infected and brings the virus to a patient’s house. In case we run out of hand sanitizers, we have a backup plan to create our own sanitizer.
3. We thoroughly asses new PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and supplies before usage.
Proper Isolation and Care of COVID-19 Patients
Regardless of practicing proper preventive measures, there is still a chance of someone contracting the virus. Not only do our nurses and aides work on preventing the spread, but they are also prepared in case of infection. Here are the rules our RNs, LPNs, and CNAs follow to ensure the safety of the patients.
1. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s necessary to identify infections early. Our RNs, LPNs, LNAs, CNAs, take immediate action if they suspect any residents to have contracted the virus.
2. Our RNs, LPNs, LNAs, CNAs, closely monitor and take proper care of those who are sick or have flu-like symptoms.
3. If any of the patients test positive for coronavirus, our RNs, LPNs, LNAs, CNAs, ensure that they observe self-isolation.
4. Our RNs, LPNs, LNAs, CNAs, also make sure that proper medication and immunity-boosting diet to patients dealing with coronavirus.
States should not ignore Long Term Care facilities and home health agencies services during this Pandemic. Home Health services are more necessary than ever to treat people in self-isolation. TLC Nursing staffing services continues to assist staffing RNs, LPNs, LNAs, CNAs for the local Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Prisons, Clinics, Home Health Agencies, and other healthcare providers. TLC’s staff are fulfilling a huge need to provide care to the elderly and prevent the spread of coronavirus.