Our Covid-19 Emergency Preparedness Plan
Paulino Home Healthcare is actively monitoring the progression of the coronavirus, COVID-19, to ensure that we have the most accurate and latest information on the threat of the virus. This situation continues to develop rapidly as new cases are identified in our communities and our protocols will be adjusted as needed. Our first priority is to ensure our employees and clients are in a safe and healthy environment.
While most cases of COVID-19 are mild, causing only fever and cough, a very small percentage of cases become severe and may progress particularly in the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. Since this is the primary population that Paulino Home Healthcare serves, we understand your concerns and want to share with you how our organization is responding to the threat of COVID-19.
We are meeting regularly and coordinating the most appropriate protocols according to the updates and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PA Department of Health, local and county authorities. Our response and plans may adjust according to the recommendations from these organizations.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family
These actions are designed to help keep you healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Because there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Eat well, drink water appropriate for your physical condition and get rest to strengthen your immune system.
- Have a family emergency preparedness plan that includes care coverage and back up support, if possible.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.
- If you have underlying medical issues that put you in the high-risk category, avoid large public gatherings or other places outside the home. Limit your contact with others.
- If you have respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath) wear a facemask when around other people to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- If you think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 contact your healthcare provider immediately.