Your health and safety are our top priority, especially during this time of pandemic where a highly-contagious virus is lingering around us without a cure yet. That is why we at Good Shepherd Health Care strictly follow the safety and preventative measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. All our staff members, patients, and their families are instructed to do the following to avoid acquiring or spreading the coronavirus disease:
- When ill or feeling sick, refrain from reporting on duty. Inform the company and your physician as soon as possible to be able to take immediate actions appropriate for your condition. Follow self-quarantine protocols as well.
- When caring for ill individuals, make sure to wear personal protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles/face shield, medical mask, and boots and hazmat suits if deemed necessary. Also, they are required to report to the patient’s physician to create some changes or modifications of their treatment plan.
- Regularly monitor your temperature and other COVID-19 symptoms, such as breathing difficulty, dry cough, sore throat, fever, tiredness, chest pain, and loss of taste and smell. If any of the symptoms are present, report to the company and your physician immediately.
- Clean and disinfect hands every before and after caring for someone, touching an object or any surface, preparing a meal, eating, and going out. Use clean water and antibacterial soap. Then, lather all parts of the hands, including the wrists. You may apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
For Patients and Family Members
- Stay home as much as possible unless you need to buy basic needs, such as food, water, medicines, and others. If possible, hire a delivery service to buy and deliver your necessities at home.
- When receiving deliveries, it’s best to wear gloves, face masks, and face shields to avoid contagion. Disinfect the item before opening or wearing it. For fresh produce, clean thoroughly with running water and make sure it is properly prepared and cooked.
- When going out the house is inevitable, wear face masks and face shield. Always bring hand sanitizers or alcohol with at least 60% alcohol content to immediately disinfect your hands and belongings every before and after touching any object or surface.
- When going home from outside activities, avoid touching any surface or object at home and immediately wash your clothes properly. Take a bath and check your temperature and other COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days.
To know more, follow these reliable sources of information.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov
- World Health Organization www.who.int
- Illinios Department of Health www.dph.illinois.gov