Dear families and friends:
Angel Companions 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. As this situation continues to develop rapidly, and as new cases are identified in our communities, our protocols will be adjusted as needed.
We will continue to follow the updates and recommended procedures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State of Georgia Department of Community Health, and other agencies and resources. Our response and plans may adjust according to the recommendations from these organizations.
Angel Companions maintains the following standards, which remain consistent with our current health safety practices:
• Caregivers are not dispatched when ill and are requested to stay home if there is any question as to their health status.
• We assess any known risk factors, such as their travel to areas with widespread outbreaks or local contact in areas known to have reported cases. We advise our caregivers not to report to work if they are deemed high-risk.
• We continuously assess that careful attention is paid to established infection prevention measures. These practices are consistent with our existing standards for influenza and all other infectious diseases, which include:
Washing hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
Covering mouths and noses with a tissue if coughing or sneezing
Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces
• At this time, the CDC does not recommend home-based caregivers wear masks or respirators if non-symptomatic; however, given this is an emerging issue, we will adjust if needed.
• Caregivers have been counseled to remain attentive to new or changing symptoms in your family member and to respond accordingly by taking infection prevention measures. They are to also immediately notify the office with any concerns.
• If your loved one is ill with a fever or respiratory symptoms, we recommend the client see a physician for further evaluation and consider wearing a mask.
The safety and well-being of our clients and staff are our utmost priority, now and always. We will keep you updated if changes to our protocol occur, and we invite you to reach out to us with any specific questions. Again, thank you for allowing us to provide the best possible care to your loved one.
Yours in health,
Angel Companions Management Team