Adult Family Care is committed to helping families provide the best care at home throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Adult Family Care is considered an essential service under the statewide non-essential business closure order, and we are working with state and local stakeholders to balance delivery of services with precautions.
“The health and safety of our families is our top priority, and we are taking steps to safeguard the well-being of our team and families,” said AFC Program Director Jeanne Leyden. “Caregiving is an essential service, and we are doing everything we can to help our families through this difficult time.”
Adult Family Care is taking the following steps to reduce the risk of Coronavirus:
- Providing support via telephone whenever possible
- Implementing new state and federal protocols to reduce risk of exposure for circumstances where in-person support is necessary.
- We are requiring employees who feel sick to stay home
- We are requiring staff to work from home, if possible
- We are encouraging staff to practice healthy spacing, by maintaining a distance of six feet from other people
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising that adults age 65 and over and people with serious underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for Coronavirus.
The CDC is advising people with increased risk to stay at home as much as possible, and Adult Family Care is reminding everyone to take precautions to protect at-risk people from exposure.
“Coronavirus is very contagious and we are urging our caregivers to be extra cautious,” said Leyden. “People can carry and spread the virus for up to 14 days without showing any symptoms, so it is vital that caregivers take extra precautions to reduce the risk of exposure, even around people who seem to be healthy.”
The Adult Family Care team is actively working with families to provide the most up-to-date information about Coronavirus. Leyden said it’s also important for caregivers to remember self-care, and that they are not alone in facing the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We are here for our families in this difficult time,” added Leyden. “We are all in this together.”