Currently the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic is providing a challenging time for all of us.
We wanted to assure you that during this time, Cherished Care Services is continuing to provide home care and support to older people in Wilmslow, Handforth, Alderley Edge and Knutsford. Whilst the demand for our service is increasing we are also ramping up the capacity we provide by conitnuing to recruit new Care and Support Workers.
We are ensuring we provide a safe and well led service during this time. If a person we support is suspected or has Covid-19 we are putting the following protocols in place:
Whilst supporting clients that either are a suspected case or a confirmed case the protocol is clear:
Care workers should use personal protective equipment (PPE) for activities that bring them into close personal contact, such as washing and bathing, personal hygiene and contact with bodily fluids. Aprons, gloves and fluid repellent surgical masks should be used in these situations. If there is a risk of splashing, then eye protection will minimise risk. New personal protective equipment must be used for each episode of care. It is essential that personal protective equipment is stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within the room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin.
If care workers undertake cleaning duties, then they should use usual household products, such as detergents and bleach as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned regularly. Personal waste (for example, used tissues, continence pads and other items soiled with bodily fluids) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin for disposal as normal.
If care workers support the individual with laundry, then they should not shake dirty laundry before washing. This minimises the possibility of dispersing virus through the air. Wash items as appropriate, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items. If the individual does not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after the 7-day isolation period has ended; the laundry can then be taken to a public laundromat. Items heavily soiled with body fluids, for example, vomit or diarrhoea, or items that cannot be washed, should be disposed of, with the owner’s consent.
If the service user does not have symptoms service is continuing as usual, and staff are ensuring hands are washed on arrival and departure of a clients property in addition to all the usual procedures they have in place.
If you need a little extra support of care during this time, even something short term, shopping support, prescription collection or anything else, please call our offices on 01625 403080