COVID-19 Checklist for Home Healthcare and In-Home Hospice
Top 5 Things You Can Do to Prepare for COVID-19
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends that all home healthcare and in-home hospice providers immediately take the following actions:
- Prior to your visit, call patients to ask them about signs and symptoms of new respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
- Develop an agency policy for employee work restrictions, coordination of daily monitoring, use of paid time off, and continuance of wages. Ensure no staff with symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) work.
- Begin a comprehensive infection-prevention education program for all staff that includes:
- Training in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as standard precautions is paramount.
- Handwashing training.
- Nursing bag technique should be reviewed with all field personnel.
- Develop plans for possible surge capacity to account for managing staffing shortages due to illness in personnel or their family members.
- Counsel patients to limit visitors who have signs or symptoms of respiratory illness and post signs on the door of the residence/room indicating that ill individuals should not enter.
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).
Home Health Care Services Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/ pdf/healthcarechecklist.pdf
COVID-19 Homecare and Hospice Checklist: https://www.nahc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Home- Care-Hospice-Checklist.pdf
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
- Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
- Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
- Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
- Call before visiting your doctor
- Practice good hygiene habits