As the safety of our clients and staff is of paramount importance, our Homecare staff are tested weekly for the Coronavirus. Lateral flow tests are used to provide rapid results (usually within half an hour), so that clients can feel safe in the knowledge that they are being supported by a staff member who’s free of the Coronavirus. If at any stage a member of our staff tests positive, they will self-isolate in line with government guidance and will not be permitted to support any further clients until a negative test result is received.
Infection Prevention and Control
We understand that infection control is crucial to the care and support we provide, which is why our staff are fully trained in infection prevention control and will always carry out their tasks in a hygienic and sanitary manner. Good hand, respiratory and coughing hygiene will also be practised and hand sanitisers carried. In conjunction with this is the use of Personal Protective Equipment as standard.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Recommended PPE will be worn and disposed of in accordance with guidance from Public Health England. PPE worn when delivering care and support will vary depending on the type of care or support needed.
Staff who provide personal care or who are working within 2 metres of anyone in a household coughing, will deliver care wearing:
- Fluid repellent masks
- Disposable gloves
- Disposable aprons
- Eye protection – face shields or safety glasses / goggles (used where there is a risk of secretions or droplets from coughing or vomiting)
- Foot covers
Staff working within 2 metres of clients they are not providing personal care to nor required to touch, need only wear:
We will continue to work according to recommended guidance from government, Public Health England and the NHS and update our policies and procedures when required.