COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Emergency Preparedness

Amicable Health Care’s greatest priority is the health and well-being of our clients and caregivers. As a society, we are facing unparalleled challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a leading provider of home health and Home care services, Amicable Health Care recognizes that our team serves a vulnerable population, and we take that honor very seriously.

Our mission is to ensure your wellness. This is best achieved by providing safe and conscientious healthcare in your home.

As part of our standard operating procedures, Amicable Health Care’s caregivers are trained on ways to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 and other communicable illnesses. We all have the responsibility to remain vigilant about good handwashing. This cannot be overstated. Amicable Health Care actively monitors the recommendations and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,World Health Organization , and our state and local departments of health. COVID-19 is creating many “never before” moments that we are all working through together. We thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your loved ones. If you should have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our office at any time.

How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings

The CDC has provided easy to understand directions on how to wear cloth face coverings to make them effective, as well as how to clean and maintain them. Amicable Home Health wanted to share these important tips with you, so that you can protect yourself and your family and lessen the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Cloth face coverings should –

• Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

• Be secured with ties or ear loops

• Include multiple layers of fabric

• Allow for breathing without restriction

• Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly?

How regularly?

Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?

A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a cloth face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?

A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a cloth face covering.

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