The Residential Home Care Network managed the Pandemic in Home Care facilities.

13 September, 2020

The Residential Home Care Network home care home in Orlando, Florida is servicing seniors in Seminole, Orange, Osceola counties. The site allows clients to find their ideal senior residence in central Florida with a streamlined all-in-one search platform.

More information can be found at: http://residentialhomecarenetwork.org

The Residential Home Care Network home care home facility has complied with the March 13, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum directing all nursing homes to restrict visitors except those medically necessary. The facilities have worked hard to identify alternative means of communication to facilitate “e-visits.” This might include telephone calls, Facetime, or other applications that allow face-to-face communication

Special consideration was given to those residents with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease, who will likely experience additional anxiety and stress because of changes in their routine and lack of contact with family. Alternatives strategy were implemented to visits with family, keeping as normal a schedule as possible, and monitoring for changes in behavior should be done to help reduce mental health impacts.

The Facilities cancelled large group activities (eg, exercise classes) and communal dining. The Facilities identify alternative ways to entertain residents, which were smaller group activities that do not involve close contact—for example, taking a few residents out to a facility garden where they can be kept more than 6 feet apart or conducting hallway fitness classes where residents can remain in the entryway to their rooms. Played games or arts and crafts that residents work on independently.

The Facilities cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidance using hospital-grade disinfectants, and ensuring the proper supplies are available to staff. Additional support was added as needed to ensure facilities have the capacity to clean and disinfect effectively.

Each Facilities staff was provided with the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to keep themselves and the residents safe, including gloves, gowns, facemasks, respirators, and eye protection.

Because PPE gears may frighten residents, particularly those who are cognitively impaired. Staff introduce themselves at the resident’s doorway prior to donning PPE and notify the resident that they will be entering the room with their face covered.

Family or friends who can temporarily take care of a resident at home should consider doing so. This should only be done if they are confident that they can safely take care of the resident for an extended period. If the resident requires infrequent medical interventions that the family is unable to provide but that could be provided in home, such as wound care, they might consider setting up visits by a home health nurse so that they are able to bring the resident home.

The care homes listed as part of the network place emphasis on safety, companionship and overall well being. Their services can help seniors to enjoy stimulating daily life in a safe, fun environment.

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