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Pandemic Prompts National Media To Focus On Home-Health Care

Posted: March 25, 2020

At least 12 million people in the United States depend on home-health services every year, and those businesses are largely overlooked, The Washington Post reports. 

It is a sprawling sector of the U.S. health-care delivery system — and one whose fortunes could be critical in efforts to contain covid-19, the deadly lung disease caused by the coronavirus, the newspaper reports.

"With nursing homes across the country locked down and hospitals preparing for an onslaught of covid-19 patients, many who require medical services or help with the basic tasks of daily living are likely to be confined to their homes in the weeks and months ahead. Yet the providers of those services say they are unprepared to step into the breach, hamstrung by regulations ill-suited to the current pandemic and unable to access protective gear that could shield workers and clients alike from infection."

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Keeping The Coronavirus From Infecting Health-Care Workers

Posted: March 25, 2020

There are lessons to be learned from two places that saw the new coronavirus before we did and that have had success in controlling its spread. Hong Kong and Singapore, Atul Gawande writes in The New Yorker.

  • All health-care workers are expected to wear regular surgical masks for all patient interactions, to use gloves and proper hand hygiene, and to disinfect all surfaces in between patient consults.
  • Patients with suspicious symptoms (a low-grade fever coupled with a cough, respiratory complaints, fatigue, or muscle aches) or exposures (travel to places with viral spread or contact with someone who tested positive) are separated from the rest of the patient population, and treated—wherever possible—in separate respiratory wards and clinics, in separate locations, with separate teams.
  • Social distancing is practiced within clinics and hospitals: waiting-room chairs are placed six feet apart; direct interactions among staff members are conducted at a distance; doctors and patients stay six feet apart except during examinations.

What’s equally interesting is what they don’t do. 

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Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 in Palliative Care

This session will provide an opportunity for the palliative care community to discuss how they are responding to challenges presented at this time due to COVID-19. Ask questions and discuss allocating resources, team management, running virtual daily huddles for your palliative care program. Questions during this session may include:

  • What are some approaches providers are taking to respond to this crisis while addressing day-to-day workload?
  • What resources are my colleagues using to keep abreast of any updates related to COVID-19?
  • How do I address communication challenges as it relates to family discussions?
 

HHAC Provides Resources on COVID-19

The Home Care and Hospice Association of Colorado has started a running list of resources related to COVID-19 on our website. This page is updated daily, so please check back frequently for the latest information. 

 

HHAC Member News Spotlight: Solace Pediatric Home Health Moves To 100% Remote Work

Darcie Peacock, CEO of Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare, sent out the following firm update in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members, if you have news from your agency, please let other HHAC members know by completing this form. 

Effective Saturday, March 14th, Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare moved to 100% remote work. This included mandating that all 300 clinicians move to 100% virtual, interactive telemedicine visits for the families we serve.

As I write this, we have successfully provided over 5,000 telemedicine visits and are increasing every day. We have dedicated ourselves to supporting our families through this pandemic.

  • For our families who lack transportation and are finding themselves short on food, we have mobilized our team to deliver meals to porches.
  • For our families without internet or cellular service, we have overnighted iPads connected to cellular data. We continue to receive referrals from families directly and from other community partners.

We want to assure you that if we are caring for one of your families, we are caring for them holistically. We will continue to make sure they have the resources they need to access food, diapers, formula, housing resources and more. We will also continue to provide them with occupational, physical, speech, and feeding therapy services so that all of our kids continue to make gains toward their goals and do not regress during this time.

We are committed to accepting new families with complete comprehensive evaluations and therapy sessions via telemedicine to meet the need, while EI, school services, clinics and other providers are unable to continue therapy services. We recognize that schools will likely be closed for an extended period of time and are ready to support more families through this difficult situation.

We have highly skilled clinicians available to work with children who were receiving therapy services at school through an IEP and who are currently learning via remote curriculum.We also understand the importance of early intervention. While eligibility evaluations are paused for many families, we are able to provide evaluations, obtain insurance authorization and continue with services at this time.

Please feel free to contact us for more information or to start a child’s services at 303-432-8487 (Denver), 719-623-5463 (Colorado Springs), 970-775-8476 (Loveland) or [email protected].

 
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