Georgetown Home Care has emergency preparations for just about every possible scenario we can think of, both for our caregivers in the field and our office staff. For the COVID-19 outbreak, we have a number of contingencies already in place that we are enforcing.
- Sick Pay: We are one of the only companies in our industry that pays sick time. We reminded our caregivers of this last week and again yesterday. If they are at all feeling not well, they are told to stay home. We have a deep bench of caregivers and we can find a replacement quickly. Caregivers that work independently or for another agency will often go to work when they are sick because they need the money. We don’t foresee this being an issue for us.
- Hand Washing: We regularly train our aides on good hand-washing technique and sent out another tutorial again this week. There is a proper technique to hand washing and we want to instill good practices in our team. You should also follow these practices; wash with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Sanitation: This is another reminder we are regularly reinforcing with our team. Disinfecting surfaces and proper sanitation in the home are key to reducing germs. Please make sure you have surface disinfectant available for use.
- International travel: We are tracking the travel of our employees watching for those who may have traveled overseas recently. Anyone coming back into the US will not be placed on assignment with our clients for 2 weeks after their arrival. We have not had anyone leave the country recently so this hasn’t been a problem, but we are paying close attention nonetheless.
- Safety: In the unlikely event that one of our caregivers comes into contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, we are mandating self-quarantine for 14 days before they can return to work.
Even if the COVID-19 outbreak had not occurred, Georgetown Home Care already had many of these procedures in place because they also prevent the flu from spreading.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will be in daily communication with Georgetown Home Care employees and continue to follow updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the World Health Organization.
We remain committed to the health and well-being of our employees and clients above all else.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at any time.