How Has Hospice Care Changed During COVID-19?
COVID-19 has impacted everyone around the world. Not only do we see changes in the way business is done, but social interactions, healthcare, and work activities are constantly shifting as we are adjusting to the “new normal.”
The medical industry has faced considerable challenges because of this pandemic, and all aspects of healthcare have needed to adjust. Hospice and palliative care are examples of how care staff and patients are changing their approach to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
These are just a few of the ways the hospice industry has shifted to ensure everyone’s safety and wellness:
Reducing Patient Exposure
While there are times when face-to-face interactions are essential for medical care, providers are looking for ways to reduce patient’s exposure. Examples include limiting the number of people moving through care facilities and patient homes. In addition, hospice providers prioritize “essential” patient services and reduce other nonessential providers from physically meeting with the patient.
Another way of limiting exposure is by implementing a screening process for anyone who needs to come in contact with the patient.
Personal Protective Equipment
Since COVID-19 is transmitted through respiratory droplets, healthcare providers maintain strict rules about using face masks. Many medical professionals are using surgical facemasks to limit exposure. If these medical masks are unavailable, then cloth masks are an acceptable alternative.
If healthcare providers work with patients who test positive for COVID-19, then additional personal protective equipment is required. Appropriate equipment includes things like N95 facemasks and full protective clothing when available.
One method is to provide services through video conferencing as a way for patients to receive support from social workers, therapists, visitors, chaplains, and more. Communication is essential, and many of these conversations can happen through technology to limit the risk of spreading the virus.
Safety is Our Priority
At Bonita Springs Healthcare Services, our priority is to provide each patient and their family with quality services in a safe environment. Rest assured that we are proactive about maintaining the highest quality standards to keep our staff and clients safe and healthy. If you would like to learn more about receiving hospice or palliative care while minimizing COVID-19 exposure, then reach out to us any time.
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