The truth of the matter is that we may have to deal with living with a household member who has COVID-19. If that happens, we have to be responsible and follow guidelines to ensure the virus is contained. The CDC has created guidelines on how to contain the disease and it’s a big list! The following describes the main points.

  • Understand and follow healthcare provider’s orders for medications and care
  • Monitor the patient’s symptoms – call the healthcare provider if symptoms get worse
  • Ensure household members stay in a different room including separate bathrooms
  • Prohibit visitors
  • Reduce taking care of pets
  • Ensure there is proper air flow
  • Perform hand hygiene frequently
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Ensure the patient wears a face mask
  • Wear a disposable face mask and gloves when touching the patient
  • Avoid sharing any household items with patient
  • Clean all ‘high touch’ surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, toilets, and phones
  • Wash laundry thoroughly and all the time
  • Place all disposable gloves, face masks and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing

This may be all too much for a family member to handle, especially when children are involved. Home care can definitely reduce this list down, and help make this time a little easier. You just have to reach out to ask for help.

For more information, please visit the NAHC (National Association for Home Care & Hospice) website.

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Annabelle Vita

My name is Annabelle Vita and I am a Director of Nursing for Home Health. I have been in the home care industry for over 10 years primarily working with patients 65+. This experience has given me the opportunity to interact with patients one on one in the comfort of their own homes. Through this experience, I have been fortunate enough to hear life stories and share in the heartache, struggles, triumphs and joys of those who I care for.

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