Live-in care: safe and comfortable home care during COVID
Published: Thursday 16th December 2021
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Older people and those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer) are particularly at risk of COVID-19.
We are doing absolutely everything we can to keep all our clients safe in their homes and in our residential care and nursing homes during the COVID pandemic.
Although our care homes in Dorset, East Sussex, Kent and other locations remain fully operational and we are doing everything in our power to minimise risks, live-in care provides an alternative safe and comfortable form of care for our clients in the comfort of their own homes.
Live-in care during COVID
Live-in care helps you abide by social distancing and home isolation measures through the following:
The care is one-to-one, compared to a care home environment where there may be contact with higher numbers of staff and other residents
You remain in the safety of your own home and are in complete control over who enters your house
Your live-in care worker is mobile, enabling them to source medication and drive you to the hospital for appointments or medical emergencies
Staying social is vital to the well-being of older adults. Live-in care workers keep clients company, helping them combat loneliness
We also encourage our clients to try different ways to keep in contact with their families and friends, from video calls, social media and even writing letters.
Our live-in care staff follow the latest Health Security Agency (HSA) guidelines to ensure your safety, especially when it comes to hygiene. We have been testing our live-in care workers regularly and receive the lateral flow tests from the government.
High standards of hygiene
Agincare keeps fully updated with official advice and through constant communication, we make sure that all our staff understand and follow the latest government COVID guidance for social care in live-in settings.
HSA says that the best way to reduce any risk of infection is proper hand and respiratory hygiene. Our care staff maintain high standards of hygiene and follow strict infection control guidelines. We are extra vigilant about hand-washing and sneezes and coughs, given that we are caring for people who are some of the most vulnerable to the virus.
Live-in care staff pay extra attention to keeping clients’ homes clean and sanitised at all times. We make sure our care teams are equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for those who are suspected of having COVID symptoms.
The well-being of our clients and staff is our highest priority.