Community Hospice Taking Measures to Protect Those We Serve During the Outbreak of Coronavirus
At Community Hospice, our primary goal is to provide exceptional end-of-life care and support to our patients and their loved ones. Additionally, to further protect our patients, families and the communities we serve, we are diligently keeping up-to-date with the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other public health announcements concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus). These updates will help ensure we are implementing the most up-to-date recommendations for screening procedures and delivering care for this rapidly evolving outbreak.
Community Hospice is taking the following steps to respond to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19:
- Working with our health departments, the Ohio Department of Health, our Medical Directors, and monitoring communications from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Establishing infection control protocols that have been reviewed by the Ohio Department of Health
- Relying on our experienced employees in dealing with communicable diseases that cause respiratory symptoms like COVID-19, such as flu and pneumonia virus
- Evaluating vulnerabilities and establishing guidelines on how to strengthen those areas
- Regular communication will be released on Facebook and the Community Hospice website (www.myhospice.org) when needed
Our current plan for the Truman House Inpatient Unit:
- Asking family/friends to remain at home if they have:
- traveled in the past 14 days outside of the country
- been in close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19
- a fever, cough, or shortness of breath
- Limiting designated visitors to those who are essential for the patient's emotional well-being and care (the patient or primary caregiver should establish and communicate this list to the hospice team)
- Screening all essential visitors entering the building to assess for potential COVID-19 cases using CMS guidelines
- Requiring face coverings/masks during the entire stay
- Limiting visitors to 2 in the patient room at a time and 4 visitors maximum in a 24-hour period
- Limiting visitors to the patient’s room
- Closing common areas
- Encouraging hand hygiene upon arrival, during the stay and when exiting the building
- Any visitor with a positive screening result will be asked not to visit
The staff will be working diligently to keep you updated on changes as we maneuver through this rapidly changing situation. Our goal is to protect our patients while delivering top-notch care. If we can answer any questions or you have any specialized visitation needs during the final hours of the patient's life, please direct this to your assigned nurse.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Your Community Hospice Team